IPA: pætʃɪtˈin


  • (biology) The third stage of prophase 1 of meiosis, during which the chromosomes shorten and divide into four chromatids.

Examples of "pachytene" in Sentences

  • The increase in clustered cells, is probably attributable in part to the recently described re-clustering of the centromeres at the side-by-side spindle pole bodies right after pachytene
  • By 1931, however, means of studying the "string" in some detail was provided by newly developed methods of examining the ten chromosomes of the maize complement in microsporocytes at the pachytene stage of meiosis.
  • Each chromosome is identifiable by its relative length, by the location of its centromere, which is readily observed at the pachytene stage, and by the individuality of the chromomeres strung along the length of each chromosome.

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