noun, plural synapses
[si-nap-seez] /sɪˈnæp siz/ (Show IPA)
Also called syndesis. Cell Biology. the pairing of homologous chromosomes, one from each parent, during early meiosis.
Physiology. synapse.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(cytology) the association in pairs of homologous chromosomes at the start of meiosis
another word for synapse

synapsis syn·ap·sis (sĭ-nāp’sĭs)
n. pl. syn·ap·ses (-sēz)
The side-by-side association of homologous paternal and maternal chromosomes during early meiotic prophase.


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