binary fission

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binary%20fission. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

binary fission

noun
: reproduction of a cell by division into two approximately equal parts

Medical Definition

binary fission

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

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