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

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leptotene

noun lep·to·tene \ ˈlep-tə-ˌtēn \

medical Definition of leptotene

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

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leptotene

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

medical Definition of leptotene

: relating to or being the leptotene of meiotic prophase

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