cell cycle


: the complete series of events from one cell division to the next compare g1 phase, g2 phase, m phase, s phase

Examples of cell cycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tumor suppressing genes, Tejada-Martinez explained, are considered among the most important anti-cancer responses in the body, and are involved in hundreds of biological functions including DNA damage repair, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (a cell's death). Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman, CNN, 5 Mar. 2021 Some of the most critical modifications affect PER proteins, which manage much of the cell cycle by turning other genes (like those that break down lipids or cause cell division) on or off, depending on the time of day. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2016 Among its many functions are import and export packaging of RNA from the nucleus, synthesis of genomic RNA, cell cycle manipulation of the host cell, and suppression of interferon responses to name a few. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 This gene is considered a master regulator of the cell cycle and without it, cells are transformed and immortalized into the continually-dividing cells common to all cancers. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 But being able to place a fossilized cell into a specific spot within the cell cycle is quite new in paleontology. David Bressan, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 But this time, in addition to observing the normal cell cycle under the microscope, the researchers were able to tweak the process without a mutation in a follow-up experiment. Katrina Miller, Wired, 8 July 2021 Amir is particularly interested in whether this process translates to the bacterial cell cycle. Katrina Miller, Wired, 8 July 2021 If the combination of signals is not right, then TP53 triggers a response such as stopping the cell cycle to repair DNA. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cell cycle was in 1901

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“Cell cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20cycle. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cell cycle

: the complete series of events from one cell division to the next see g1 phase, g2 phase, m phase, s phase

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