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The stage in prophase of meiosis during which homologous chromosomes become paired.

[French zygotène : zygo-, pair (from New Latin; see zygo-) + -tène, ribbon (from Latin taenia; see taenia).]
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(ˈzaɪɡəˌtiːn; ˈzɪɡ-)
(Biology) the second stage of the prophase of meiosis, during which homologous chromosomes become associated in pairs (bivalents)
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(ˈzaɪ gəˌtin, ˈzɪg ə-)

the second stage of prophase in meiosis, during which corresponding chromosomes become paired.
[1925–30; < French zygotène; see zygo-, -tene]
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Noun1.zygotene - the second stage of the prophase of meiosis
prophase - the first stage of meiosis
phase, stage - any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"
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