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Chapter 8. Cell Reproduction. In a eukaryotic cell, one of the structures in the nucleus that is made up of DNA and protein; in a prokaryotic cell, the main ring of DNA. Chromosome. A type of protein molecule found in the chromosomes of eukaryotic cells but not prokaryotic cells. Histone.

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Chapter 8

Cell Reproduction

In a eukaryotic cell, one of the structures in the nucleus that is made up of DNA and protein; in a prokaryotic cell, the main ring of DNA


A type of protein molecule found in the chromosomes of eukaryotic cells but not prokaryotic cells


One of the two strands of a chromosome that become visible during meiosis or mitosis


The region of the chromosome that holds the two sister chromatids together during mitosis


The material that makes up both mitotic and interphase chromosomes; a complex of proteins and DNA strands that are loosely coiled such that translation and transcription can occur


One of the pair of chromosomes that determines the sex of an individualXX = FemaleXY = Male

Sex chromosome

Any chromosome that is not a sex chromosome


Chromosomes that have the same sequence of genes, that have the same structure, and that pair during meiosis

Homologous chromosome

A micrograph of the array of chromosomes visible in a cell during metaphase; a graphical display that shows an individual’s chromosomes arranged in homologous pairs and in order of diminishing size


A cell that contains two haploid sets of chromosomes


Describes a cell, nucleus, or organism that has only one set of unpaired chromosomes


A form of asexual reproduction in single-celled organisms by which one cell divides into two cells of the same size

Binary Fission

In eukaryotic cells, the cell organelle that is surrounded by two membranes and that is the site of cellular respiration, which produces ATP


Reproduction that does not involve the union of games and in which a single parent produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent

Asexual Reproduction

A process in cell division during which the number of chromosomes decreases to half the original number by two divisions of the nucleus, which results in the production of sex cells (gametes or spores)


A haploid reproductive cell that unites with another haploid reproductive cell to form a zygote


A period between two mitotic or meiotic divisions during which the cell grows, copies its DNA, and synthesizes proteins


The division of the cytoplasm of a cell; cytokinesis follows the division of the cell’s nucleus by mitosis or meiosis


The first stage of mitosis and meiosis in cell division; characterized by the condensation of the chromosomes and the dissolution of the nuclear envelope


One of the microtubules that extend across a dividing eukaryotic cell; assists in the movement of chromosomes

Spindle fiber

One of the stages of mitosis and meiosis, during which all of the chromosomes move to the cell’s equator


A phase of mitosis and meiosis in which the chromosomes separate


The final stage of mitosis or meiosis, during which a nuclear membrane forms around each set of new chromosomes


The precursor of a new plant cell wall that forms during cell division and divides a cell into two

Cell Plate

The pairing of homologous chromosomes during meiosis


The four chromatids in a pair of homologous chromosomes that come together as a result of synapsis during meiosis


The exchange of genetic material between homologous chromosomes during meiosis; can result in genetic recombination


The regrouping of genes in an offspring that results in a genetic makeup that is different from that of the parents

Genetic Recombination

The random distribution of the pairs of genes on different chromosomes to the gametes

Independent Assortment

The process by which male gametes form


The production, growth, and maturation of an egg, or ovum


Describes a molecule with opposite charges on opposite ends

Polar body

Reproduction in which gametes from two parents unite

Sexual Reproduction

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