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Sumil Yadav

Sales Manager... | Posted 12 Jun, 2019 |

What is the difference between karyokinesis and cytokinesis?

Preeti Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 12 Jun, 2019

Our cells reproduce, divide and grow. Some die, others live. Those live, they further reproduce, divide and grow. This is an on-going process that continues from the day we're born till the day we die.


Now, when our cells divide, the process is classified into two processes called karyokinesis and cytokinesis.

karyokinesis-vs-cytokinesis-letsdiskuss (Courtesy: Liberal Dictionary)

Karyokinesis is the process of division of the nucleus of a cell. Meaning, when the nucleus of our cells divides, we call that process karyokinesis. Nucleus gets divided into two nuclei.

Cytokinesis, on the other hand, is the process of the cytoplasm of the cell. Meaning, when the cytoplasm of our cells divides, we call that process cytokinesis. Cytoplasm gets divided into daughter cells.

Karyokinesis happens first. And it is essentially needed for cytokinesis to happen. So, cytokinesis is depended on Karyokinesis. In it, the metaphase is the second step. In karyokinesis, metaphase is the first step.

These are some broad and fundamental differences between karyokinesis and cytokinesis.

Hope this answers your question.