Definition of dictyate in US English:

dictyate

adjective

Biology
  • Designating a late stage of meiotic prophase in the oocytes of mammals and certain other organisms, at which the nucleus has a reticular pattern of chromatin.

noun

Biology
  • The dictyate stage of meiosis; = dictyotene.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From ancient Greek δίκτυον net + -ate, after French dictyé reticular. With use as noun compare dictyotene.