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Life Cycle of a Cell

Life Cycle of a Cell Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Interphase The cell grows and carries on its usual metabolic activities.
Cell Division Process of a cell reproducing itself
Mitosis Division of a cell nucleus; results in formation of 2 daughter nuclei with exactly the same genes as the mother cell
Cytokinesis 2nd event of cell division - begins when mitosis is nearly completed; Cleavage furrow forms and pinches the daughter cells apart
Prophase Chromatic threads coil and shorten so that visible bar-like chromosomes appear
Chromatid The two pieces of replicated DNA that are held together by a centromere
Centromere Small buttonlike body holding the two parts of DNA together
Mitotic Spindle Made of microtubules at the opposite ends of the cell
Metaphase The short stage where chromosomes cluster and line up at the plate
Anaphase Centromeres (buttons) split and chromatids separate and move to the opposite ends of all the cell
Telophase (Reverse Prophase) Chromosomes on opposite ends of the cell uncoil to make threadlike chromatin again.
Created by: ozy