metaphase

noun
meta·phase | \ˈme-tə-ˌfāz \

Definition of metaphase 

: the stage of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes become arranged in the equatorial plane of the spindle

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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metaphase

noun
meta·phase | \ˈmet-ə-ˌfāz \

Medical Definition of metaphase 

: the stage of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes become arranged in the equatorial plane of the spindle

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