Meaning of pachytene

pach•y•tene

Pronunciation: (pak'i-tēn), [key]
— n. Cell Biol.
  1. the third stage of prophase in meiosis, during which each chromosome pair separates into sister chromatids with some breakage and crossing over of genes.
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