- The complete series of events from one cell division to the next.
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
- A cell cycle is a series of events that takes place in a cell as it grows and divides. A cell spends most of its time in what is called interphase, and during this time it grows, replicates its chromosomes, and prepares for cell division. The cell then leaves interphase, undergoes mitosis, and completes its division. The resulting cells, known as daughter cells, each enter their own interphase and begin a new round of the cell cycle.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.