synapsis

noun
syn·​ap·​sis | \ sə-ˈnap-səs How to pronounce synapsis (audio) \
plural synapses\ sə-​ˈnap-​ˌsēz How to pronounce synapsis (audio) \

Definition of synapsis

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

First Known Use of synapsis

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for synapsis

New Latin

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“Synapsis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synapsis. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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synapsis

noun
syn·​ap·​sis | \ sə-ˈnap-səs How to pronounce synapsis (audio) \
plural synapses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce synapsis (audio) \

Medical Definition of synapsis

: 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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