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[in-ter-feyz] /ˈɪn tərˌfeɪz/
noun, Cell Biology.
the period of the cell cycle during which the nucleus is not undergoing division, typically occurring between mitotic or meiotic divisions.
Also called interkinesis.
Origin of interphase
First recorded in 1920-25; inter- + phase Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for interphase


(biology) the period between two successive divisions of a cell
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Word Origin and History for interphase

1913, from German interphase (1912); see inter- + phase.

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interphase in Medicine

interphase in·ter·phase (ĭn'tər-fāz')
The stage of a cell between two successive mitotic or meiotic divisions. Also called interkinesis.

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interphase in Science
The stage in the development of a cell following mitosis or meiosis, during which the nucleus is not dividing. In cells that will undergo further division, the DNA in the nucleus is duplicated in preparation for the next division.
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