NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,197 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- mitotic rate
- listen (my-TAH-tik rayt)
- A measure of how fast cancer cells are dividing and growing. To find the mitotic rate, the number of cells dividing in a certain amount of cancer tissue is counted. Mitotic rate is used to help find the stage of melanoma (a type of skin cancer) and other types of cancer. Higher mitotic rates are linked with lower survival rates. Also called MR.