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synaptonemal complex

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noun syn·ap·to·ne·mal complex \sə-ˌnap-tə-ˈnē-məl-\

Definition of synaptonemal complex

  1. :  a complex tripartite protein structure that spans the region between synapsed chromosomes in meiotic prophase —called also syn*ap*ti*ne*mal complex, \sə-ˌnap-tə-ˈnē-məl-\



Origin of synaptonemal complex

synaptic + -o- or -i- + Greek nēma thread — more at nemat-


First Known Use: 1958


Medical Dictionary

synaptonemal complex

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noun syn·ap·to·ne·mal complex \sə-ˌnap-tə-ˌnē-məl-\

Medical Definition of synaptonemal complex

  1. :  a complex triparite protein structure that spans the region between synapsed chromosomes in meiotic prophase



Variants of synaptonemal complex

or synaptinemal complex \same\play

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