Mitotic Spindle

∞ generated and posted on 2016.08.27 ∞

Array of microtubules, not entirely visible through a light microscope, that is split between two different centrosomes and plays key roles in chromosome movement and cell lengthening during mitosis and meiosis.

That part of the mitotic spindle that is readily visible through a light microscope is seen as asters. Otherwise the mitotic spindle consists of spindle fibers and can differentiated into what are known as kinetochore and non-kinetochore microtubules.

'Spindle apparatus' is used synonymously with mitotic spindle.