metaphase plate

noun

Definition of metaphase plate

: a section in the equatorial plane of the metaphase spindle having the chromosomes oriented upon it

First Known Use of metaphase plate

1937

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

metaphase plate

noun

medical Definition of metaphase plate

: a plane cell section in the equatorial plane of the metaphase spindle having the chromosomes oriented upon it

Illustration of metaphase plate

illustration of metaphase plate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up metaphase plate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a downward inclination or slope

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a-pile-of-three-dimensional-shapes-in-green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!