metaphase

noun
meta·​phase | \ ˈme-tə-ˌfāz How to pronounce metaphase (audio) \

Definition of metaphase

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

First Known Use of metaphase

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metaphase was in 1887

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“Metaphase.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metaphase. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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metaphase

noun
meta·​phase | \ ˈmet-ə-ˌfāz How to pronounce metaphase (audio) \

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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