Karyorrhexis

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karyorrhexis

[‚kar·ē·ə′rek·səs]
(cell and molecular biology)
Fragmentation of a nucleus with scattering of the pieces in the cytoplasm.

Karyorrhexis

 

the breakdown of a cell nucleus into parts; one of the intermediate stages of necrobiosis (after karyopyknosis and before karyolysis) that precedes the death of a cell. The nuclear membrane is destroyed and the nucleic acids show up asseparate clumps in the cytoplasm.