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[sahy-toh-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ toʊ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-/
noun, Cell Biology
the division of the cell cytoplasm that usually follows mitotic or meiotic division of the nucleus.
Origin of cytokinesis
1915-20; cyto- + -kinesis
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[sahy-toh-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ toʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cytokinesis
  • In plants and algae, cytokinesis is accompanied by the formation of a new cell wall.
  • cytokinesis is distinguished from the prokaryotic process of binary fission.
British Dictionary definitions for cytokinesis


/ˌsaɪtəʊkɪˈniːsɪs; -kaɪ-/
division of the cytoplasm of a cell, occurring at the end of mitosis or meiosis
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cytokinesis in Medicine

cytokinesis cy·to·ki·ne·sis (sī'tō-kə-nē'sĭs, -kī-)
The division of the cytoplasm of a cell following the division of the nucleus.

cy'to·ki·net'ic (-nět'ĭk) adj.
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cytokinesis in Science
  (sī'tō-kə-nē'sĭs, -kī-)   
The division of the cytoplasm of a cell following the division of the nucleus during cell division. See Note at mitosis.
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