leptotene

noun
lep·to·tene | \ˈlep-tə-ˌtēn \

Definition of leptotene 

: a stage of meiotic prophase immediately preceding synapsis in which the chromosomes appear as fine discrete threads

First Known Use of leptotene

1912, in the meaning defined above

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leptotene

noun
lep·to·tene | \ˈlep-tə-ˌtēn \

Medical Definition of leptotene 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a stage of meiotic prophase immediately preceding synapsis in which the chromosomes appear as fine discrete threads

leptotene

adjective
variants: also leptotenic \ˌlep-tə-ˈtē-nik \

Medical Definition of leptotene (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or being the leptotene of meiotic prophase

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