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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The egg and sperm are monitored to confirm that fertilization and cell division are taking place. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 The experiment did not work in males, likely because spermatogonia go through normal mitotic cell division before meiosis, stymying HDR. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘Gene drive’ passes first test in mammals, speeding up inheritance in mice," 10 July 2018 The human versions of these genes are involved in processes including cell division, migration, and adhesion, as well as commitment to a specialized state. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Odd vertebrate gets rid of hundreds of genes early in development," 28 Jan. 2018 Larger cells lack flagella and instead use the centrioles full time for cell division. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 The new technique may also help scientists better investigate fundamental biological processes such as cell division. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "“Ghost” Cytometry May Improve Cancer Detection, Enable New Experiments," 14 June 2018 Overweight people have high levels of substances circulating in their blood that stimulate cell division. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 The repetitive forms and patterns are reminiscent of cell division that creates life. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "For Cleveland's Matthew Gallagher, art and music is always in a state of research and development," 14 May 2018 Over successive cell divisions, our DNA gets shorter and shorter. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Get Their First Look at the Enzyme That Could Help Battle Aging," 27 Apr. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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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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