Meaning of diakinesis

di•a•ki•ne•sis

Pronunciation: (dī"u-ki-nē'sis, -kī-), [key]
— n. Cell Biol.
  1. the last stage in prophase, in which the nucleolus and nuclear envelope disappear, spindle fibers form, and the chromosomes shorten in preparation for anaphase.
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