mi·​tot·​ic mī-ˈtä-tik How to pronounce mitotic (audio)
: of, relating to, involving, or occurring by cellular mitosis
mitotic cell division
mitotic recombination
Microtubules move material through the cell and, in particular, form an important component of the mitotic spindle, which is a structure that separates the duplicated sets of chromosomes in the course of cell division.Sebastian Doniach
mitotically adverb

Examples of mitotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For your body to reach its current size, there have been trillions of mitotic cell divisions. Matthew Cobb, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2015 Chromosomes, the bundles of DNA that star in the mitotic ballet of cell division, play a leading role in complex life. Quanta Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 Skin cells, stomach cells, and all somatic cells are mitotic cells. David Warmflash, Discover Magazine, 13 Dec. 2016

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Word History


mit(osis) + -otic

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mitotic was in 1888

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“Mitotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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