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Science Vocab

Sec. 2-3 + 2-4

cell cycle The regular sequence of growth and division and that cells undergo.
interphase The stage of the cell cycle that takes place before cell division occurs; during this stage the cell grows, copies its DNA, and prepares to divide.
replication The process by which a cell makes a copy of the DNA in its molecules.
mitosis The stage of the cell cycle during which the cell's nucleus divides into two new nuclei and one copy of the DNA is distributed into each daughter cell.
chromosome A double rod of condensed chromatin which contains DNA that carries genetic information.
chromatid One of the identical rods of a chromosome.
cytokinesis The final stage of the cell cycle in which the cell's cytoplasm divides, distributing the organelles into each of the two new cells.
cancer A disease in which some body cells grow and divide uncontrollably damaging the parts of the body around them.
tumor A mass of abnormal cells that develops when cancerous cells divide and grow uncontrollably.
mutation A change in a gene or a chromosome.
chemotherapy The use of drugs to kill cancer cells.
Created by: daniellemiller