Definition of metaphase in English:

metaphase

noun

Biology
  • [mass noun] The second stage of cell division, between prophase and anaphase, during which the chromosomes become attached to the spindle fibres.

    • ‘These tests score either chromosomal structural aberrations at metaphase or micronuclei at interphase.’
    • ‘The most direct way to assess chromosomal aneuploidy is to evaluate chromosome numbers in metaphase cells.’
    • ‘Chromosome loss takes place by lagging of chromosomes at metaphase, for example because spindle fibres may fail to attach to a chromosome.’
    • ‘The problem is greatest at mitotic metaphase, when chromosomes are shortest and neighboring signals are thus closest.’
    • ‘The events in this stage of the cell cycle leading to cell division are prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.’

Pronunciation:

metaphase

/ˈmɛtəfeɪz/