spi·reme 'spī-.rēm n a continuous thread observed in fixed preparations of the prophase of mitosis that appears to be a strand of chromatin but is generally held to be an artifact

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  • spireme — [spī′rēm] n. [Gr speirēma, a coil < speira: see SPIRE1] Biol. a thin, threadlike tangle of chromatin at the beginning of the prophase in mitosis …   English World dictionary

  • spireme — /spuy reem/, n. Cell Biol. the threadlike chromatin of a cell nucleus, present during early meiosis or mitosis. [1885 90; < Gk speírema coil, equiv. to speire , var. s. of speirâsthai to be coiled around + ma n. suffix of result] * * * …   Universalium

  • spireme — n. threadlike structures that appear in a cell s nucleus during meiosis or mitosis (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spireme — spi·reme …   English syllables

  • spireme — spi•reme [[t]ˈspaɪ rim[/t]] n. cbl the threadlike chromatin of a cell nucleus, present during early meiosis or mitosis • Etymology: 1885–90; < GSpirem(1882) < Gk speírēma coil …   From formal English to slang

  • spireme — /ˈspaɪrim/ (say spuyreem) noun (of a plant or animal) the chromatin of a cell nucleus, when appearing in a continuous or segmented thread like form, during mitosis. {Greek speirēma coil} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • spireme — …   Useful english dictionary

  • spirem, spireme — Term formerly applied to the first stage of mitosis or meiosis (prophase) when extended chromosome filaments have the appearance of a loose ball of yarn, on the incorrect supposition that the filaments were continuous and later broke apart to… …   Medical dictionary

  • dispireme — di·spireme …   English syllables

  • spirem — noun see spireme …   Useful english dictionary

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