Definition of telophase in English:



  • [mass noun] 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.’
    • ‘During late anaphase and telophase, the metaphase furrows rapidly regress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.