cell division

noun

: the process by which cells multiply involving both nuclear and cytoplasmic division compare meiosis, mitosis

Examples of cell division in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with the condition often have somatic mutations that affect genes that control cell division. Barbara Brody, Health, 9 June 2024 Treating a cannabis plant with a natural chemical disrupts mitosis, leading to the creation of extra chromosomes without cell division. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Keeping track of time, for instance, is a function that’s essential to all living things, from microorganisms biding their time till the next cell division to embryos growing limbs and organs, to more complex critters tracking the passage of day and night. Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 Thus, at sufficient doses, the drug halts all cell division, impairs protein assembly, decreases endocytosis and exocytosis, alters cell shape, and reduces cell motility. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 This oxygenation process is crucial for stimulating cell division and promoting the growth of strong, vibrant hair strands. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and is required for several physiological functions, including energy production, DNA synthesis, protein synthesis, cell division, and muscular contraction. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 This rate of growth is so amazing, in fact, that researchers are studying antler growth and the rapid cell division that accompanies that process in hopes of curing cancer. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 10 Jan. 2024 For example, Sen’s laboratory studies epigenetic changes in the caps on the ends of chromosomes, known as telomeres, which affect cell division. Joanna Thompson, Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition

cell division

noun
: a process by which cells increase in number that usually involves division into similar parts of more or less equal size compare meiosis, mitosis

Medical Definition

cell division

noun
: the process by which cells multiply involving both nuclear and cytoplasmic division compare meiosis, mitosis
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