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

meiotic

play \mī-ˈä-tik\ adjective

meiotically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of meiosis

New Latin, from Greek meiōsis diminution, from meioun to diminish, from meiōn less; akin to Sanskrit mīyate he diminishes


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meiosis

noun mei·o·sis \ mī-ˈō-səs \

medical Definition of meiosis

plural meioses play \-ˌsēz\
: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

meiotic

play \mī-ˈät-ik\ adjective

meiotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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