cell division


Definition of cell division

: 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 During cell division, structural proteins and enzymes coordinate the duplication of DNA, the division of a cell’s cytoplasmic contents, and the cinching of the membrane that cleaves the cell. Quanta Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 One spray might interfere with genes that control fungal cell division, while another might target genes that help the fungi produce toxins. (old) Matt Reynolds, Wired, 8 Nov. 2021 The content marketplace is already undergoing a form of rapid-fire cell division around the world. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 28 Nov. 2021 Neither of these issues means that heat didn’t play a role in early cell division, only that Attal’s mathematical model may not be the most accurate, Wang says. Quanta Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Furthermore, all cells arise from previous cells by cell division, passing on their DNA source code in their genes in the process. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 Imagine a wad of snowflake yeast, growing larger and larger with each cell division. Quanta Magazine, 22 Sep. 2021 The role of centromere sequences, like many other repeating regions, is not yet fully understood, but they are most classically known as the key to cell division. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 11 June 2021 These findings challenged Humboldt’s longstanding belief that temperature alone determines the locations of treelines, with trees ceasing to exist only where temperatures are too cold for cell division to sustain them. Ben Weissenbach, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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