Meaning of metakinesis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəkɪˈniːsɪs/ /ˌmɛtəkʌɪˈniːsɪs/


  • 1Biology
    rare, historical The separation of sister chromatids and their movement to opposite poles in anaphase of mitosis.

  • 2The movement of chromosomes to the spindle equator early in metaphase of mitosis.

  • 3Biology
    The property of being metakinetic.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From meta- + -kinesis, in sense 1 after German Metakinese; in sense 2 apparently an independent formation.