leptonema


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lep·to·tene

(lep'tō-tēn),
Early stage of prophase in meiosis in which the chromosomes contract and become visible as long filaments well separated from each other.
Synonym(s): leptonema
[lepto- + G. tainia, band, tape]

leptonema

[lep′tənē′mə]
Etymology: Gk, leptos + nema, thread
the threadlike chromosome formation in the leptotene stage in the first meiotic prophase of gametogenesis, before the beginning of synapsis.

leptonema

(lep?to-ne'ma) [? + nema, thread]
The early stage of prophase in meiosis. At this stage the chromatin coils into visible filaments.
See: cell division

leptonema

the chromosome thread that appears at the LEPTOTENE stage of meiosis.
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