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meiosis

noun mei·o·sis \mī-ˈō-səs\

Definition of MEIOSIS

1
:  the presentation of a thing with underemphasis especially in order to achieve a greater effect :  understatement
2
:  the cellular process that results in the number of chromosomes in gamete-producing cells being reduced to one half and that involves a reduction division in which one of each pair of homologous chromosomes passes to each daughter cell and a mitotic division — compare mitosis
mei·ot·ic \mī-ˈä-tik\ adjective
mei·ot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of MEIOSIS

New Latin, from Greek meiōsis diminution, from meioun to diminish, from meiōn less; akin to Sanskrit mīyate he diminishes
First Known Use: 1550
Medical Dictionary

meiosis

noun mei·o·sis \mī-ˈō-səs\
plural mei·o·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of MEIOSIS

:  the cellular process that results in the number of chromosomes in gamete-producing cells being reduced to one half and that involves a reduction division in which one of each pair of homologous chromosomes passes to each daughter cell and a mitotic division—compare mitosis 1
mei·ot·ic \mī-ˈät-ik\ adjective
mei·ot·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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