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metaphase

noun meta·phase \ˈme-tə-ˌfāz\

Definition of METAPHASE

:  the stage of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes become arranged in the equatorial plane of the spindle

Origin of METAPHASE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1887

metaphase

noun meta·phase \ˈmet-ə-ˌfāz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of METAPHASE

:  the stage of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes become arranged in the equatorial plane of the spindle

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