Leptotene



[lep-tuh-teen] /ˈlɛp təˌtin/

noun, Cell Biology.
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.
/ˈlɛptəʊˌtiːn/
noun
1.
the first stage of the prophase of meiosis during which the nuclear material becomes resolved into slender single-stranded chromosomes

leptotene lep·to·tene (lěp’tə-tēn’)
n.
The early stage of prophase in meiosis in which the replicated chromosomes contract and become visible as long filaments well separated from one another.

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