|1.||the act or process of splitting or breaking into parts|
|2.||biology a form of asexual reproduction in single-celled animals and plants involving a division into two or more equal parts that develop into new cells|
|3.||short for nuclear fission|
|[C19: from Latin fissiō a cleaving]|
fission fis·sion (fĭsh'ən)
The act or process of splitting into parts.
The amitotic division of a cell or its nucleus.
An asexual process of reproduction in which a unicellular organism divides into two or more independently maturing daughter cells.
A nuclear reaction in which an atomic nucleus, especially a heavy nucleus such as an isotope of uranium, splits into fragments, usually two of comparable mass, with the evolution of from 100 million to several hundred million electron volts of energy.
|fission (fĭsh'ən) Pronunciation Key
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