- I. \\ˌtēn\ noun combining form
: stage of meiotic prophase characterized by (such) chromosomal filaments
diploteneII. \\ˌtēn\ adjective combining form
pachyteneEtymology: -tene, noun comb. form: having (such or so many) chromosomal filaments
* * *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.
* * *-tene(tiːn)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.