I. \\ˌtēn\ noun combining form (-s)
Etymology: Latin or Greek; Latin taenia ribbon, band, from Greek tainia — more at taenia
: stage of meiotic prophase characterized by (such) chromosomal filaments



II. \\ˌtēn\ adjective combining form
Etymology: -tene, noun comb. form
: having (such or so many) chromosomal filaments



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a combining form meaning "ribbon," used in biology to form compound nouns that refer to the shape or number of chromosomes involved in meiosis: leptotene; pachytene; diplotene.
[ < F -tène (in scientific compounds) < L taenia TAENIA]

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f. Gr. ταινία band, ribbon, used in Cytology as a formative element of terms denoting stages of the first meiotic division (in nomenclature due to H. von Winiwarter 1900, in Arch. de Biol. XVII).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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