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Definition of Interphase

Interphase: The interval in the cell cycle between two cell divisions, during which the individual chromosomes cannot be distinguished. Interphase was once thought to be a resting phase, but it is actually the time when DNA is replicated in the cell nucleus.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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