binary fission

noun Biology.
fission into two organisms approximately equal in size.


Origin:
1895–1900

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

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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

asexualasexual 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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Example sentences
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.
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