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Meaning & Definition of Meiosis in English

English

Meiosis

/maɪoʊsəs/

noun

1. (genetics) cell division that produces reproductive cells in sexually reproducing organisms

  • The nucleus divides into four nuclei each containing half the chromosome number (leading to gametes in animals and spores in plants)
    synonym:
  • meiosis
  • ,
  • miosis
  • ,
  • reduction division

2. Understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)

  • "Saying `i was not a little upset' when you mean `i was very upset' is an example of litotes"
    synonym:
  • litotes
  • ,
  • meiosis

Examples of using

Cells have two methods of reproduction: mitosis and meiosis.