The late stage of prophase I of meiosis I in which homologous chromosome pairs begin to separate and move away from one another except at chiasmata.


During the first prophase of meiosis I, there are five sub-stages: leptotene, zygotene, pachytene, diplotene and diakinesis.

Word origin: from Greek words meaning "two threads"

See also: meiosis, prophase I, diplonema

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