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prophase Syllabification: pro·phase
Pronunciation: /ˈprōˌfāz/

Definition of prophase in English:


The first stage of cell division, before metaphase, during which the chromosomes become visible as paired chromatids and the nuclear envelope disappears. The first prophase of meiosis includes the reduction division.
Example sentences
  • The events in this stage of the cell cycle leading to cell division are prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.
  • Recombination events are often visible as structures known as chiasmata that physically connect two homologous chromosomes during prophase I.
  • These questions asked the reader to describe and draw the cell when it was in the telophase and the late prophase stages of mitosis.


Late 19th century: from pro-2 'before' + phase.

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