The answer has nothing to do with multiplicative inverses / reciprocals.


When you're referring to

Cellular reproduction - This can occur through mitosis or meiosis in eukaryotes and binary fission in prokaryotes.

A cell divides into two, the effect of which is that the cell/ organism has multiplied in a reproductive sense.

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    $\begingroup$ You got it now. $\endgroup$ – WBT Mar 31 '18 at 14:56

When you are talking about something which does not lose its nature, but rather creates a clone of itself when divided, then the number or quantity of that thing increases when divided, causing it to multiply in number. (Example - cell division of one cell may create two identical cells.)

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    $\begingroup$ This is very similar to Phylyp's answer from a few hours ago, no? $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Mar 31 '18 at 17:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Wizard, try not to repost answers that have already been posted. $\endgroup$ – North Mar 31 '18 at 18:22

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