The stages of the cell cycle in order are interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase. This process is known as mitosis and is used to generate new cells.
The cell cycle contains six main stages:
- Interphase is the resting stage of a cell. The replication of DNA occurs during the S phase of this stage.
- Prophase is the stage where the chromosomes become visible and the nuclear membrane dissolves. Centrioles form and move to opposite sides.
- Metaphase is the stage where the chromosomes line up in the center of the cell.
- Anaphase is the stage where the cell begins to divide, and spindles shorten and pull chromotids apart.
- Telophase is the stage where cytokinesis finishes and the nuclear membrane reforms. Two new cells are fully formed by the end of this stage.