telophase

noun

telo·​phase ˈte-lə-ˌfāz How to pronounce telophase (audio)
ˈtē-
1
: the final stage of mitosis and of the second division of meiosis in which the spindle disappears and the nucleus reforms around each set of chromosomes
2
: the final stage in the first division of meiosis that may be missing in some organisms and is characterized by the gathering at opposite poles of the cell of half of the original number of chromosomes including one from each homologous pair

Word History

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International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of telophase was in 1895

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“Telophase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telophase. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

telophase

noun
telo·​phase ˈtel-ə-ˌfāz How to pronounce telophase (audio)
ˈtēl-
1
: the final stage of mitosis and of the second division of meiosis in which two new nuclei form each with a set of chromosomes
2
: the final stage in the first division of meiosis in which half the original number of chromosomes gather at opposite ends of the cell

Medical Definition

telophase

noun
telo·​phase ˈtel-ə-ˌfāz How to pronounce telophase (audio) ˈtēl- How to pronounce telophase (audio)
1
: the final stage of mitosis and of the second division of meiosis in which the spindle disappears and the nucleus reforms around each set of chromosomes
2
: the final stage in the first division of meiosis that may be missing in some organisms and that is characterized by the gathering at opposite poles of the cell of half the original number of chromosomes including one from each homologous pair

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