Definition of Metaphase

1. Noun. The second stage of meiosis.

Group relationships: Meiosis, Miosis, Reduction Division
Generic synonyms: Phase Of Cell Division



2. Noun. The second stage of mitosis.
Group relationships: Mitosis
Generic synonyms: Phase Of Cell Division

Definition of Metaphase

1. Noun. the stage of mitosis and meiosis, that follows prophase and comes before anaphase, during which condensed chromosomes become aligned before being separated ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Metaphase

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Medical Definition of Metaphase

1. Classically the second phase of mitosis or one of the divisions of meiosis. In this phase the chromosomes are well condensed and aligned along the metaphase plate. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Metaphase

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1. Bryn Mawr College Monographs by Bryn Mawr College (1906)
"Parthenogenetic egg, metaphase of segmentation spindle. 6. ... Two-cell stage of parthenogenetic egg, metaphase, showing the double series of 14 somatic ..."

2. The Cell in Development and Inheritance by Edmund Beecher Wilson (1897)
"metaphase and anaphases of mitosis in cells (spermatocytes) of the salamander. ... E. metaphase. The continuous central spindle-fibres pass from pole to ..."

3. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1916)
"Polar view, metaphase of primordial germ cell in testis of thirteen- day ... Side view of a metaphase in a primary spermatocyte of a Plymouth Rock fowl ..."

4. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"/to IV, prophase; V and VI, metaphase; VII and VIII, anaphase. 1. Prophase.—The nuclear network of chromatin filaments assumes the form of a twisted skein ..."

5. Anatomy of the Human Body by Henry Gray (1918)
"metaphase. — Each V-shaped chromosome now undergoes longitudinal cleavage into two equal parts or daughter chromosomes, the cleavage commencing at the apex ..."

6. Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Club by Torrey Botanical Club (1902)
"Chromosome pairs as seen in metaphase of the second division. ... metaphase, second division; one spindle in lateral and one in polar view ; ten chromosomes ..."

7. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science by Indiana Academy of Science (1922)
"No great difference was found in the sizes of the chromosomes in the metaphase plates showing 12 chromosomes (figs. 13, 14) but in figures 15 and 16 showing ..."

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