Definition of spireme in English:

spireme

(also spirem)

noun

Biochemistry
dated
  • The tangled strands of chromosomal material seen in the early stages of cell division, formerly believed to be a single continuous strand (or two in a diploid cell, etc.)

    • ‘The spiremes of the two nuclei become coarser and intermingle before any distinct chromosomes are visible.’
    • ‘Methanospirilla cells appear regular, curved and finally form spiremes.’

Origin

From German spirem, from Greek coil convolution.

Pronunciation

spireme

/ˈspīrēm/