auxocyte


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auxocyte

(ˈɔːksəˌsaɪt)
n
(Genetics) any cell undergoing meiosis, esp an oocyte or spermatocyte
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In 1909, he published a relatively short paper (for the standards of that epoch) in which he demonstrated, through careful examination of meiotic cells (auxocytes, as he called them) of urodelans (Batrachoseps, a plethodontid salamander), that homologous chromosomes pair, and pairs of chromatids can break at corresponding points along their length and physically exchange chromosomal material producing X-like igures that he dubbed "chiasmata"; he derived a model called the chiasmatype theory (chiasmatypie, in French) (Janssens 1909).