meiosis


mei·o·sis

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

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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