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.
Mammalian oocytes remain in the dictyate stage from the late fetal period until ovulation.
The dictyate stage of meiosis; = dictyotene .
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From ancient Greek δίκτυον net + -ate, after French dictyé reticular.