mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of mitosis

plural

mitoses

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  1. 1 :  a process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus — compare meiosis

  2. 2 :  cell division in which mitosis occurs

mitotic

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mitotically

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Recent Examples of mitosis from the Web

  • Which leads to another problem: With 1,000 casinos in existence and more coming all the time, not only are there too many competitors entering the market, but the sites already up and running are prone to mitosis.

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Origin and Etymology of mitosis

New Latin, from Greek mitos thread


First Known Use: 1887


MITOSIS Defined for Kids

mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of mitosis for Students

plural

mitoses

\-ˈtō-ˌsēz\
  1. :  a process of cell division in which two new nuclei are formed each containing the original number of chromosomes


Medical Dictionary

mitosis

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noun mi·to·sis \mī-ˈtō-səs\

Medical Definition of mitosis

plural

mitoses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. 1:  a process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus—compare meiosis

  2. 2:  cell division in which mitosis occurs

mitotic

\-ˈtät-ik\play adjective

mitotically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

Illustration of mitosis



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