leptotene

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noun lep·to·tene \ˈlep-tə-ˌtēn\

Definition of leptotene

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

Origin and Etymology of leptotene

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1912


Medical Dictionary

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leptotene

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noun lep·to·tene \ˈlep-tə-ˌtēn\

Medical Definition of leptotene

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


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leptotene

adjective lep·to·tene
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leptotenic

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Medical Definition of leptotene

  1. :  relating to or being the leptotene of meiotic prophase


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