Vocabulary

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Most prokaryotes reproduce by binary fission, in which two identical cells are produced from one cell.

Cell Division

Approximately 2 trillion cells—about 25 million cells per second—are produced by an adult human body every day. All cells come from the division of preexisting cells. Cell division (also called cell reproduction) is the process by which cells produce offspring cells. Cell division differs in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. But cell reproduction in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes produces the same result—two cells from one.

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