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the act of separating into parts.
cell division fission of a cell, the process by which cells reproduce.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
The process by which a cell divides to form two daughter cells. Upon completion of the process, each daughter cell contains the same genetic material as the original cell and roughly half of its cytoplasm.
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cell divisionthe division of a cell into two new cells during growth or reproduction. The new cells are called daughter cells. In PROKARYOTES, two identical cells are produced by BINARY FISSION. In EUKARYOTES, cell division is more complicated because the genetic material is located on CHROMOSOMES inside the nucleus, being composed of two distinct processes that usually occur together; (a) nuclear division (MITOSIS producing two identical nuclei, or MEIOSIS producing four nuclei with a halving of the genetic complement) and (b) cytoplasmic division (CYTOKINESIS).
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