metaphase definition

  • noun:
    • The stage of mitosis and meiosis, after prophase and preceding anaphase, where the chromosomes tend to be lined up over the metaphase plate.
    • the phase of mitosis and meiosis, that employs prophase and comes before anaphase, where condensed chromosomes come to be aligned before becoming separated
    • In cytology, the 2nd or middle stage of karyokinetic cell-division, or mitosis, in which the chromosomes are gathered to create the equatorial bowl of the spindle and go through longitudinal fission. Compare anaphase and telophase.
    • the second stage of meiosis
    • the 2nd phase of mitosis

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