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pachytene

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noun pachy·tene \ˈpa-ki-ˌtēn\

Definition of pachytene

  1. :  the stage of meiotic prophase that immediately follows the zygotene and that is characterized by paired chromosomes thickened and visibly divided into chromatids and by the occurrence of crossing-over

pachytene adjective


Origin of pachytene

International Scientific Vocabulary pachy- (from Greek pachys) + -tene


First Known Use: 1912


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pachytene

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noun pachy·tene \ˈpak-i-ˌtēn\

Medical Definition of pachytene

  1. :  the stage of meiotic prophase which immediately follows the zygotene and in which the paired chromosomes are thickened and visibly divided into chromatids

pachytene adjective



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