from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The stage of a cell between two successive mitotic or meiotic divisions.

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  • n. The stage in the life cycle of a cell between two successive mitotic or meiotic divisions.
  • adj. Between phases


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  • Interphase - Between mitotic divisions, a normal resting or actively growing cell exists in a state known as interphase, in which the chromatin forms a highly diffuse, fibrous network that is being continuously transcribed by enzymes within the nucleus (Figure 1 (a)).


  • Mitosis  Non-mitosis stages are called interphase

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  • The USS Defiant, NCC-1764, which had disappeared in a spatial interphase near Tholian territory, did cross over and go back in time from 2268.


  • But its crew had gone insane from the interphase and were all dead, so no one lived to tell the tale back home.


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