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Meaning of leptotene

lep•to•tene

Pronunciation: (lep'tu-tēn"), [key]
— n. Cell Biol.
  1. a stage of cell division during the prophase of meiosis, in which the chromosomes are not distinct but appear as a mass of entangled threads.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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