meiosis

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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


First Known Use: 1550


Medical Dictionary

meiosis

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noun mei·o·sis \mī-ˈō-səs\

Medical Definition of meiosis

plural

meioses

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  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

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