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cell division

noun, Biology
the division of a cell in reproduction or growth.
Origin of cell division
1880-85 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cell division
  • The eggs and cells will be fused together, and then the eggs will be activated to begin cell division.
  • Such hybrids can combine white blood cells' natural ability to migrate with cancer's proclivity for uncontrolled cell division.
  • It is possible that cell division may always take place by the indirect method.
  • Included in the growing roster of potentially beneficial sponge molecules are ones that fight inflammation and cell division.
  • When a wound is healing, cell division must be sped up.
  • Each cell division slowly whittles away a tiny bit of the telomeres.
  • In the ring digit, testosterone stimulates cell division, building up cartilage and bone to make the digit longer.
  • Cancers can start in almost any body cell, due to damage or defects in genes involved in cell division.
  • In doing so, it can simultaneously cut off the supply of blood to a tumor and halt cell division.
  • It can increase the expression of the genes that enhance cell division and inhibit the ones that repress it.
British Dictionary definitions for cell division

cell division

(cytology) the division of a cell into two new cells during growth or reproduction See amitosis, meiosis, mitosis
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cell division in Medicine

cell division n.
The process by which a cell divides to form two daughter cells, each of which contains the same genetic material as the original cell and roughly half of its cytoplasm.

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cell division in Science
cell division  
The process by which a cell divides into two or more cells. Among prokaryotes, cell division occurs by simple fission. Among eukaryotes, the cell nucleus divides first, and then a new cell membrane is formed between the nuclei to form the new cell. Cell division is used as a means of reproduction in organisms that reproduce asexually, as by fission or spore formation, and sexually reproducing organisms form gametes through cell division. Cell division is also the source of tissue growth and repair in multicellular organisms. The two types of cell division in eukaryotic organisms are mitosis and meiosis.
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