cell cycle


Definition of 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 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, "How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer," 5 May 2020 Examples of such groups of genes are those involved in regulating the cell cycle and programmed cell death, and pathways for immune function and DNA repair. Amanda Kowalczyk, The Conversation, "From marmots to mole-rats to marmosets – studying many genes in many animals is key to understanding how humans can live longer," 1 July 2020 The answer could have implications for treatment — cells that divide more rapidly, for example, would be more vulnerable to drugs that effect replication or the cell cycle. Quanta Magazine, "Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell," 13 Nov. 2013 Previous research had shown these proteins regulate the cell cycle, including cell death, and suppressing them is thought to extend life span. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Tragic Drug Trial, Questioning Chemo and Immune Improvements," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of cell cycle

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Cell cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cell%20cycle. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of 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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