Table 1

Key morphological features of normal mitotic figures

Mitotic phaseKey morphological features
Prophase/prometaphaseHyperchromatic condensed chromatin, absence of nuclear membrane and hairy extension of nuclear material which appears as thick condensed, clotted or clumped strands of chromosomes
MetaphasePerpendicular rod in the centre of the cell; or ring-like in ring metaphase
AnaphaseTwo parallel condensed, clumps in the same cell
TelophaseSeparate identical chromosome sets surrounded by cytoplasm and separated by a newly formed cell membrane