Cell division is the process by which cells replicate genetic material in the nucleus. Cell division consists of several phases:
|interphase||chromosomes replicate into chromatids and the cell grows|
|prophase||chromatids pair up|
|metaphase||paired chromatids move to opposite sides of the cell|
|anaphase||cell elongates and nucleus begins to separate|
|telophase||separation of nucleus is complete resulting in two new nuclei|
|cytokinesis||cytoplasm and cell membranes complete their separation resulting in two separate cells|
In cell division, __________ is when the cell elongates and the nucleus begins to separate.