synapsis

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noun syn·ap·sis \sə-ˈnap-səs\

Definition of synapsis

plural

synapses

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  1. :  the association of homologous chromosomes that is characteristic of the first meiotic prophase

Origin and Etymology of synapsis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1895


Medical Dictionary

synapsis

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noun syn·ap·sis \sə-ˈnap-səs\

Medical Definition of synapsis

plural

synapses

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  1. :  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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