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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: jem-a'shun


A form of fission in which the parent cell does not divide, but puts out a small budlike process (daughter cell) with its proportionate amount of chromatin; the daughter cell then separates to begin independent existence.

Synonym(s): bud fission, budding

[L. gemma, a bud]

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