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mitosis

Pronunciation: mi-to'sis, -sez

Definition: The usual process of somatic reproduction of cells consisting of a sequence of modifications of the nucleus (prophase, prometaphase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase) that result in the formation of two daughter cells with exactly the same chromosome and nuclear DNA content as that of the original cell.

Synonym(s): indirect nuclear division, mitotic division

[G. mitos, thread]

See Also: cell cycle

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