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Cell Division Vocabulary

third phase of mitosis in which paired chromosomes separate
threadlike structure in a cell that contains all of the genetic information that is passed on to the next generation of cells
first phase of mitosis in which chromosomes prepare for cell division, chromosomes form, and the nuclear membrane disintegrates
final phase of mitosis, during which chromosomes uncoil, nuclear envelopes reform, and the nucleolus becomes visible in the daughter cell
second phase of mitosis in which the chromosomes line up across the equator of the cell
a fertilized egg
process by which the nucleus of a cell is divided into two nuclei, each with the same number and kinds of chromosomes as the parent cell
process by which a cell divides into two daughter cells; the creation of new cells
type of reproduction that involves only 1 parent cell and creates a genetically identical offspring
loosely coiled DNA that is found in non-dividing cells; this form of DNA will wrap around proteins when forming chromosomes
process by which a cell's cytoplasm divides to form two distinct cells
disease caused by uncontrolled cell division
programmed cell death that takes place when a cell is mutated or diseased
structure that holds together each pair of chromatids
the creation of unique daughter cells due to the combination of male and female genetic information
organelle that helps organize cell division by helping to form the spindle apparatus
term used to describe the chromosomes of a sexually reproduced offspring
one of two distinct strands that make up each chromosome; sometimes referred to as “sisters”
when genetic information from chromosomes are “swapped” between chromatids during cell division
longest period of the cell cycle; consists of regular cell life, growth, and preparation for cell division
mass of rapidly dividing cells
the series of events in a cell’s life including cell growth, preparation for division, and dividing into 2 distinct daughter cells
a cell that contains 2 sets of genetic information; the type of cells created during mitosis
process that produces haploid gametes from diploid cells; sexual reproduction form of cell division
a cell that has been divided until it only contains only 1 set of genetic information; the type of cell created during meiosis (sperm or egg)