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The division of a cell into daughter cells that receive identical copies of its genetic material. Cell division is the process by which living cells multiply (Fig. 1). The cell division cycle, more commonly and simply known as the cell cycle, comprises the period between the formation of a cell as a progeny of division and its own subsequent division into two daughter cells. The cell cycle can be divided into two parts. A relatively long interphase represents the time during which the cell engages in synthetic activities and reproduces its components, even though there is no visible change. The relatively short period of mitosis (nuclear division) provides an interlude during which the actual process of visible division into two daughter cells is accomplished. See also: Cell (biology); Cell biology; Cell cycle; Mitosis
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