Definitions

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  • noun The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.

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  • noun biology The intimate pairing of homologous chromosomes during the synaptic stage of meiosis

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  • noun the second stage of the prophase of meiosis

Etymologies

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[French zygotène : zygo-, pair (from New Latin; see zygo–) + -tène, ribbon (from Latin taenia; see taenia).]

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zyg- 'union, zygosis' (from Ancient Greek (zygon) 'junction, yoke') + -tene 'filament' (from Ancient Greek (tainia) 'band, fillet')

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