Steps of Meiosis and Mitosis

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The steps of meiosis and mitosis, listed in order from top to bottom, are shown in the table at right. To read more about any given stage of these two amazing biological processes, click on its name in the table. Meiosis produces four cells from a single parent cell, whereas mitosis produces only two. So there are two successive divisions in meiosis (meiosis I and meiosis II).

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Mitosis Meiosis I Meiosis II
Prophase Prophase I Prophase II
Metaphase Metaphase I Metaphase II
Anaphase Anaphase I Anaphase II
Telophase Telophase I Telophase II

An additional stage of mitosis, prometaphase, is sometimes distinguished. To read more about prometaphase, click here.


cleavage furrow
The indentation that rings the equator of this dividing cell is called the "cleavage furrow."


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