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spireme

Syllabification: spi·reme
(also spirem)

Definition of spireme in English:

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'.

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