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prophase

  

      n  
1    the first stage of mitosis, during which the nuclear membrane disappears and the nuclear material resolves itself into chromosomes  
   See also       metaphase       anaphase       telophase  
2    the first stage of meiosis, divided into leptotene, zygotene, pachytene, diplotene, and diakinesis phases  
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