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The division of the cytoplasm and the plasma membrane following the division of the nucleus resulting into two cells, each having its own nucleus and cytoplasm surrounded by a plasma membrane.


This process begins during the late stage of mitosis (Telophase) and meiosis (Telophase II). In animal cells (and in some plant cells) it is marked by a constriction of the cell membrane called the cleavage furrow. In most plant cells it happens when an expanding cell plate forms across the center of the cytoplasm called the phragmoplast.

Word origin: Greek kyto-, comb. form of kýtos container, receptacle, body + Greek kīnēsis, movement.

Related forms: cytokinetic (adjective).

Compare: karyokinesis.
See also: mitosis.

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... During cell division, the centromeres separate into two parts, each travelling with one molecule of DNA into a daughter cell. For a moment, before cytokinesis, the dividing cell contains 92 chromosomes, but when the cell membrane seals up each of the daughter cells is back to 46 chromosomes (the ...

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... might mitosis be thought of as cellular immortality? I don't know if this may help, but I do know that once the sister daughter cells are formed (cytokinesis) they enter interphase and the whole cycle repeats.

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