One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of cell division that results in two daughter cells each having the same number and kind of chromosomes as the parent nucleus, typical of ordinary tissue growth.Compare with meiosis
- ‘Counting cells at mitosis or interphase is universally applicable.’
- ‘Regions of the germline with cells in mitosis or different stages of meiotic prophase are indicated.’
- ‘The centromere is responsible for two key chromosomal functions in mitosis and meiosis.’
- ‘Centromeres are essential for the proper segregation of chromosomes at mitosis and meiosis.’
- ‘It is generally assumed that DNA chains are randomly segregated to daughter cells during mitosis.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek mitos ‘thread’.
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