Definition of spireme in English:

Share this entry

spireme

Pronunciation: /ˈspīrēm/

Entry from US English dictionary

(also spirem)

noun

Biochemistry , dated
The tangled strands of chromosomal material seen in the early stages of cell division, formerly believed to be a single continuous strand (or two in a diploid cell, etc.).
Example sentences
  • Methanospirilla cells appear regular, curved and finally form spiremes.
  • The spiremes of the two nuclei become coarser and intermingle before any distinct chromosomes are visible.

Origin

From German spirem, from Greek 'coil', 'convolution'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: spi·reme

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.