[ sahy-toh-ki-nee-sis, -kahy- ]

nounCell Biology.
  1. the division of the cell cytoplasm that usually follows mitotic or meiotic division of the nucleus.

Origin of cytokinesis

First recorded in 1915–20; cyto- + -kinesis

Other words from cytokinesis

  • cy·to·ki·net·ic [sahy-toh-ki-net-ik, -kahy-], /ˌsaɪ toʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for cytokinesis


/ (ˌsaɪtəʊkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-) /

  1. division of the cytoplasm of a cell, occurring at the end of mitosis or meiosis

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Scientific definitions for cytokinesis


[ sī′tō-kə-nēsĭs, -kī- ]

  1. The division of the cytoplasm of a cell following the division of the nucleus during cell division. See Note at mitosis.

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