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TermDefinition
double helix shape of DNA, looks like a twisted ladder
daughter cell Either of the two (or 4) cells formed when a cell undergoes cell division by mitosis (or meiosis).
parent cell A cell that is the source of other cells, as a cell that divides to produce two or more daughter cells.
gene Hereditary Unit
chromatin one of a pair of duplicated chromosome
reproduction The process by which organisms sexually or asexually generate new individuals of the same kind
germ cell The reproductive cell of any sexually reproducing organism Also called a SEX cell.
cell cycle The series of events involving the growth, replication, and division of a cell.
interphase The first stage in the cell cycle in which the cell grows and the DNA replicates (makes a copy of itself).
somatic cells Any cell of a sexually reproducing organism that is not a germ cell. Also called a BODY cell.
centromere where chromatins are joined in a duplicated chromosome
cell division The process by which a cell, called a parent cell, divides to form either 2 or 4 daughter cells.
mitosis A series of stages in the cell cycle of a somatic (body) cell in which the parent cell divides into 2 new daughter cells that are identical to the parent cell.
meiosis A series of stages in the cell cycle of a germ (sex) cell in which the parent cell divides into 4 new daughter cells that are NOT identical to the parent cell.
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