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Definition of fission:

  1. A cleaving, splitting, or breaking up into parts.
  2. A method of asexual reproduction among the lowest ( unicellular) organisms by means of a process of self- division, consisting of gradual division or cleavage of the into two parts, each of which then becomes a separate and independent organisms; as when a cell in an animal or plant, or its germ, undergoes a spontaneous division, and the parts again subdivide. See Segmentation, and Cell division, under Division.
  3. A process by which certain coral polyps, echinoderms, annelids, etc., spontaneously subdivide, each individual thus forming two or more new ones. See Strobilation.


cleavage, nuclear fission, parting, division.

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