Definition of metaphase in English:

metaphase

Line breaks: meta|phase
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtəfeɪz
 
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noun

[mass noun] Biology
The second stage of cell division, between prophase and anaphase, during which the chromosomes become attached to the spindle fibres.
More example sentences
  • The events in this stage of the cell cycle leading to cell division are prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.
  • The most direct way to assess chromosomal aneuploidy is to evaluate chromosome numbers in metaphase cells.
  • Chromosome loss takes place by lagging of chromosomes at metaphase, for example because spindle fibres may fail to attach to a chromosome.

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