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Definition of "cell division" []

  • The process by which a cell divides to form two daughter cells. Upon completion of the process, each daughter cell contains the same genetic material as the original cell and roughly half of its cytoplasm. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cell division" in a sentence
  • "These bacteria reproduce asexually – by simple cell division – so it is easy to clone up a huge population of genetically identical individuals in a short time."
  • "Weismann's “theory of the germplasm” (1885, published 1893) was based on the first clear distinction between two fundamental types of cell, and the two distinct forms of cell division which characterize their reproduction."