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Medical Term:

preleptotene

Pronunciation: pre-lep'to-ten

Definition: The earliest stage of prophase in meiosis, characterized by physiochemical changes in cytoplasm and karyoplasm and beginning contraction of chromosomes.

[pre- + leptotene, fr. G. leptos, slender, + tainia, band]

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