One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The final phase of cell division, between anaphase and interphase, in which the chromatids or chromosomes move to opposite ends of the cell and two nuclei are formed.
- ‘The events in this stage of the cell cycle leading to cell division are prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.’
- ‘Cells in anaphase, telophase or cytokinesis can be discriminated easily from those in other cell-cycle phases by their typical locations of chromosomes or by their cellular morphology.’
- ‘During late anaphase and telophase, the metaphase furrows rapidly regress.’
- ‘Moreover, cells in anaphase and telophase were rarely detectable.’
- ‘Second, the resolution of the mitoses was abnormal and led to the presence of chromosome bridges during anaphase or telophase and some nuclei became desynchronized.’
Late 19th century: from Greek telos ‘end’ + phase.
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