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mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of mitosis

plural mitosesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  a process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus — compare meiosis

  2. 2 :  cell division in which mitosis occurs

mitotic play \-ˈtä-tik\ adjective
mitotically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of mitosis

New Latin, from Greek mitos thread


First Known Use: 1887


MITOSIS Defined for Kids

mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of mitosis for Students

plural mitoses \-ˈtō-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a process of cell division in which two new nuclei are formed each containing the original number of chromosomes




Medical Dictionary

mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Medical Definition of mitosis

plural mitoses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  a process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus—compare meiosis

  2. 2:  cell division in which mitosis occurs

mitotic \-ˈtät-ik\play adjective
mitotically \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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