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binary fission

noun, Biology
fission into two organisms approximately equal in size.
Compare multiple fission.
1895-1900 Unabridged
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  • Sated, the cell divides in two via binary fission, and the now-depleted host is left for dead.
  • Reproduction is by binary fission of the trophozoites.
British Dictionary definitions for binary fission

binary fission

asexual reproduction in unicellular organisms by division into two daughter cells
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binary fission in Medicine

binary fission n.
A method of asexual reproduction that involves the splitting of a parent cell into two daughter cells.

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binary fission in Science
binary fission  
See fission.
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Encyclopedia Article for binary fission

asexual reproduction by a separation of the body into two new bodies. In the process of binary fission, an organism duplicates its genetic material, or deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and then divides into two parts (cytokinesis), with each new organism receiving one copy of DNA.

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