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Mitosis

Synonym(s)

  • M phase (cell cycle)

Definition(s)

The process of division of somatic cells in which each daughter cell receives the same amount of DNA as the parent cell.

Definition from:  National Cancer Institute dictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference.

The process of nuclear division in cells that produces daughter cells that are genetically identical to each other and to the parent cell.

Definition from: Human Genome Project InformationThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the U.S. Department of Energy

Mitosis is a cellular process that replicates chromosomes and produces two identical nuclei in preparation for cell division. Generally, mitosis is immediately followed by the equal division of the cell nuclei and other cell contents into two daughter cells.

Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic TermsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the National Human Genome Research Institute

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: December 22, 2014