Cell cycle. Definition

Medical Definition: Cell cycle

Orderly and repetitive in time by passing a cell when it grows and divides. The cells are not dividing are not, by itself, the cell cycle, but are in a phase known as Go. Many of the genetic alterations that underlie cancer occur in government-related genes of the cell cycle. The cell cycle consists of a series of steps during which the chromosomes and other cell material double to make two copies. Then the cell divides into two daughter cells, each of which receives a copy of the duplicated material. The cell cycle is complete when each daughter cell is surrounded by its own outer membrane. Also called mitotic cycle.

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