Definition of karyokinesis in English:


Syllabification: kar·y·o·ki·ne·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌkarē-ōkəˈnēsis


  • Division of a cell nucleus during mitosis.
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    • This analysis showed that rhb1 - D121A mutants arrested as small, round cells without detectable defects in karyokinesis or cytokinesis.
    • Note that macronuclear karyokinesis and cytokinesis has initiated in rad 51 nulls despite the failure to complete micronuclear mitosis.
    • Additionally, cytokinesis blocked cells are thought to be prone to polyploidization if the gap between the daughter nuclei is very small, resulting in incomplete or absent karyokinesis.


late 19th century: from karyo- 'cell nucleus' + Greek kinēsis 'movement' (from kinein 'to move').

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