- Mitosis is the process of dividing a cell and its nucleus into two cells which each have their own nucleus.
An example of mitosis is the way the skin cells covering a child's body all multiply while they are growing.
Mitosis in progress.
Origin of mitosisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek mitos, thread + -osis
nounpl. mi·to·ses Biology
- The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides, typically consisting of four stages, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and normally resulting in two new nuclei, each of which contains a complete copy of the parental chromosomes. Also called karyokinesis.
- The entire process of cell division including division of the nucleus and the cytoplasm.
Origin of mitosisGreek mitos, warp thread + –osis.