The final stage of prophase I of meiosis I in which the chromosomes condense, the nucleolus fragments and the nuclear envelope disperse.
During the first prophase of meiosis I, there are five sub-stages:
leptotene, zygotene, pachytene, diplotene and diakinesis.
Word origin: from Greek diakinese
Related forms: diakinetic (adjective)
See also: prophase I, meiosis I