10.2 M Phase

This is the most dramatic period of the cell cycle, involving a major reorganisation of virtually all components of the cell. Since the number of chromosomes in the parent and progeny cells is the same, it is also called as equational division.

Though for convenience mitosis has been divided into four stages of nuclear division, it is very essential to understand that cell division is a progressive process and very clear-cut lines cannot be drawn between various stages.

Mitosis is divided into the following four stages:

  • Prophase
  • Metaphase
  • Anaphase
  • Telophase

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