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Pronunciation: an′ă-fāz

Definition: The stage of mitosis or meiosis in which the chromosomes move from the equatorial plate toward the poles of the cell. In mitosis a full set of daughter chromosomes (46 in humans) moves toward each pole. In the first division of meiosis one member of each homologous pair (23 in humans), consisting of two chromatids united at the centromere, moves toward each pole. In the second division of meiosis the centromere divides and the two chromatids separate with one moving to each pole.

[G. ana, up, + phasis, appearance]

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