Etymology
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prophase

first stage in a nuclear division, 1884, from German prophase (Strasburger, 1884); see pro- + phase (n.). Greek prophasis meant "that which appears, a motive or pretext."

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Definitions of prophase

prophase (n.)
the first stage of meiosis;
prophase (n.)
the first stage of mitosis;
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