What is Diakinesis?

Diakinesis is the last stage of meiosis prophase-1 (a five-stage process). Diakinesis stage is characterized by chiasmata terminalization. After diakinesis, the dividing cell enters metaphase.

At this stage, bivalents distribute them evenly in the nucleus. The nuclear membrane breaks down and the nucleolus disappears. Chiasma moves towards the end, which is called terminalization. Chromatids remain attached only at the terminal chiasmata and enter the metaphase stage.

Recondensation of chromosomes takes place. Tetrad move towards equatorial metaphase plate and spindle formation is initiated.

Diakinesis is the end of prophase-1 and the cell enters metaphase-1 of meiosis.

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