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Meaning of diplotene

dip•lo•tene

Pronunciation: (dip'lu-tēn"), [key]
— n. Cell Biol.
  1. a late stage of prophase during meiosis, in which the chromatid pairs of the tetrads begin to separate and chiasmata can be seen.
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