binary fission


Definition of binary fission

: reproduction of a cell by division into two approximately equal parts the binary fission of protozoans

Examples of binary fission in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trophozoite divides by binary fission and makes thousands of copies of itself that attach to the lining of the small intestine. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of binary fission

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of binary fission was in 1862

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“Binary fission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of binary fission

: reproduction of a cell by division into two approximately equal parts — compare multiple fission

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