synaptonemal complex

noun

syn·​ap·​to·​ne·​mal complex sə-ˌnap-tə-ˈnē-məl- How to pronounce synaptonemal complex (audio)
variants or less commonly synaptinemal complex
: a complex tripartite protein structure that spans the region between synapsed chromosomes in meiotic prophase

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Alfred Sturtevant's general understanding of the power of crossing over was not contingent upon knowing that in a physical sense this process occurs in the synaptonemal complex during prophase I of meoisis I). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2013

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Word History

Etymology

synaptic + -o- or -i- + Greek nēma thread — more at nemat-

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synaptonemal complex was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Synaptonemal complex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synaptonemal%20complex. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

synaptonemal complex

noun
syn·​ap·​to·​ne·​mal complex sə-ˌnap-tə-ˌnē-məl- How to pronounce synaptonemal complex (audio)
variants or synaptinemal complex
same
: a complex tripartite protein structure that spans the region between synapsed chromosomes in meiotic prophase
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