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mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of mitosis

plural mi·to·sesplay \-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

mi·tot·ic play \-ˈtä-tik\ adjective
mi·tot·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of mitosis

New Latin, from Greek mitos thread


First Known Use: 1887


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mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Medical Definition of mitosis

plural mi·to·ses \-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

  3. mi·tot·ic \-ˈtät-ik\play adjective
    mi·tot·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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