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The period when cells divide to create new cells is called

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    Main Entry: mi·to·sis
    Pronunciation: mI-'tO-s&s
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural mi·to·ses /-"sEz/
    Etymology: New Latin, from Greek mitos thread
    Date: 1887
    1 : a process that takes place in the nucleus of a dividing cell, involves typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and results in the formation of two new nuclei each having the same number of chromosomes as the parent nucleus; compare MEIOSIS
    2 : cell division in which mitosis occurs
    - mi·tot·ic /-'tä-tik/ adjective
    - mi·tot·i·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb


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