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n. pl. mi·to·ses (-sēz) Biology
1. The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides, typically consisting of four stages, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase, and normally resulting in two new nuclei, each of which contains a complete copy of the parental chromosomes. Also called karyokinesis.
2. The entire process of cell division including division of the nucleus and the cytoplasm.

[Greek mitos, warp thread + -osis.]

mi·tot′ic (-tŏt′ĭk) adj.
mi·tot′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.mitotic - of or relating to or undergoing mitosis
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Cytogenetic features, mitotic metaphase chromosomes, karyogram and course of meiosis of Hersiliola bayrami were determined based on Giemsa-stained testicular chromosomes for the first time.
Parental genome location in mitotic metaphase chromosomes of five artificially developed hybrids was identified by GISH and C-banding methods.
Karyotype analysis of mitotic metaphase chromosomes is the single, most important test available in aiding the genetic counselor or physician.
Cytogenetic analyses were based on mitotic metaphase chromosomes from bone marrow, following Ford and Harmerton (1956) with modifications.