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mitosis

noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\
plural mi·to·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of MITOSIS

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
:  cell division in which mitosis occurs
mi·tot·ic \-ˈtä-tik\ adjective
mi·tot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Origin of MITOSIS

New Latin, from Greek mitos thread
First Known Use: 1887
MITOSES Defined for Kids

mitosis

noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\
plural mi·to·ses \-ˈtō-ˌsēz\

Definition of MITOSIS for Kids

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

noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\
plural mi·to·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of MITOSIS

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
:  cell division in which mitosis occurs
mi·tot·ic \-ˈtät-ik\ adjective
mi·tot·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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