cell division


Definition of cell division

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Then in the regenerative stage, slow rates of cell division translate into slow skin regrowth. Matthew Steinhauser, The Conversation, "Why do older people heal more slowly?," 24 Nov. 2020 That fracture separates the long arm of the chromosome from its spindle—the fibers that pull chromosomes apart during cell division. Megan Molteni, Wired, "In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad," 29 Oct. 2020 Some control cell division or root production or bud formation. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "Pig sex and celery have a surprising connection," 30 Sep. 2020 Inner clocks regulate our sleep patterns, as well as body functions such as digestion, blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar levels, immune responses, and even cell division. Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 In more aged trees, genes responsible for thickening the cambium were less active, and cell division appeared to slow down, yielding thinner swaths of tissue. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Genetic Elixir of Life Helps Millennia-Old Ginkgo Trees Escape Death," 17 Jan. 2020 At the molecular level, the virus disrupts some of the most fundamental functions of life: cell division; the system cells use to talk with one another; and their ability to make proteins. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ""Something we've never seen before." Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus," 16 May 2020 Each of those cell divisions represented an opportunity for mutations, and, potentially, new advantageous traits. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Lab-grown algae might help save corals from climate change," 15 May 2020 Zwaka’s group made mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) with a supercompetitor mutation that lowered expression of p53, an important quality-control protein that normally puts the brakes on cell division. Kendall Powell, Scientific American, "Survival of the Fittest Cells," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cell division

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 23 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of cell division

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

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