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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



cell-cycle regulation  listen  (sel-SY-kul REH-gyoo-LAY-shun)

  Any process that controls the series of events by which a cell goes through the cell cycle. During the cell cycle, a cell makes a copy of its DNA and other contents, and divides in two. When cell cycle regulation doesn’t happen correctly, cells may divide in an uncontrolled way, and diseases such as cancer can occur.