What is an anaphase?

What is an anaphase? Here are some definitions.

  1. (cytology) The stage of mitosis and meiosis during which the chromosomes separate; the chromatid moving to opposite poles of the cell.
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After chromosomes move to poles in anaphase, the phragmoplast mediates cell plate formation that completes cytokinesis.
The events in this stage of the cell cycle leading to cell division are prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.
Figure 260 shows a side view of the second spindle in metaphase, and figure 261 in anaphase.
The latter is a view of the anaphase which one often gets at three foci in one section.
Second, the centromere is the focus for the formation of the kinetochore, where microtubules connect to the chromosomes during anaphase in mitosis and meiosis.
Figure 137 is an exceptional anaphase in which the heterochromosome elements are not mingled with the polar masses of chromatin.

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