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the microscopic appearance of a cell undergoing mitosis; a cell with the chromosomes that are visible by the light microscope.
Etymology: Gk, mitos + L, figura, form
any chromosome or chromosome aggregation during any of the stages of mitosis.
mitotic figureThe corrugated blue-purple globule that corresponds to the mitotic spindle when examined by high-power light microscopy.
mi·tot·ic fig·ure(mī-tot'ik fig'yŭr)
The microscopic appearance of a cell undergoing mitosis; a cell of which the chromosomes are visible by the light microscope.
pertaining to mitosis.
degree to which a cell population is proliferating; used as an index of tumor aggression. Can be quantified by counting the percentage of cells showing mitotic figures, or by flow cytometry.
the condensed chromosomes by which a cell that is undergoing mitosis can be identified.
the percentage of cells simultaneously in the process of division, normally calculated after counting 1000 cells. Used in morbid pathology as a measure of the malignancy of a tumor, and in clinical pathology as an index of survival time of a neoplasm.
mitotic metaphase chromosomes
chromosomes in metaphase manifesting as mitotic figures.
failure of proper disjunction of the paired chromosomes during metaphase which results in the chromosomal abnormalities of monosomy or trisomy.
estimate of the cell's potential reproductive capacity.