meiosis

play
noun mei·o·sis \mī-ˈō-səs\

Definition of meiosis

  1. 1 :  the presentation of a thing with underemphasis especially in order to achieve a greater effect :  understatement

  2. 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


Medical Dictionary

meiosis

play
noun mei·o·sis \mī-ˈō-səs\

Medical Definition of meiosis

plural

meioses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  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

\mī-ˈät-ik\play adjective

meiotically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

Illustration of meiosis


Learn More about meiosis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up meiosis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by lack of plan or order

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!