synapsis

noun syn·ap·sis \ sə-ˈnap-səs \

Definition of synapsis

plural synapses play \-ˌsēz\
:the association of homologous chromosomes that is characteristic of the first meiotic prophase

Origin and Etymology of synapsis

New Latin


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synapsis

noun syn·ap·sis \ sə-ˈnap-səs \

medical Definition of synapsis

plural synapses play \-ˌsēz\
:the association of homologous chromosomes with chiasma formation that is characteristic of the first meiotic prophase and is held to be the mechanism for genetic crossing-over

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