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spi·reme(spī′rēm′) also spi·rem (-rĕm′)
The tangle of filaments that appears at the beginning of the prophase portion of meiosis or mitosis.
[German Spirem, from Greek speirēma, coil, from speirāsthai, to be coiled around, from speira, coil.]
(Biology) cytology the tangled mass of chromatin threads into which the nucleus of a cell is resolved at the start of mitosis
[C19: from Greek speirēma a coil, from speira a coil, spire2]
the threadlike chromatin of a cell nucleus, present during early meiosis or mitosis.
[1885–90; < German Spirem (1882) < Greek speírēma coil]