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meiosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n meiosis 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"
    • n meiosis (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)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meiosis (Rhet) Diminution; a species of hyperbole, representing a thing as being less than it really is; understatement; see also litotes.
    • Meiosis (Cell Biology) The cellular process by which a diploid progenitor cell forms haploid gametes, including a division of one diploid cell into two cells, each with one of the homologous sets of chromosomes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Meiosis mī-ō′sis (rhet.) a figure of speech representing a thing as less than it is.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. mei`wsis, fr. meioy^n to make smaller, from mei`wn. See Meionite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage


In news:

And later in meiosis, the microtubules get organized into a conical structure that is never observed in wild-type cells.
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In science:

Reproduction is for many species sexual and involves recombination between homologous chromosomes during meiosis, and mating is often non random.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This means that they need for their reproduction (meiosis) two sets of chromosomes-one from each parent.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Hence, we can think of meiosis as a process analogous to the meson-meson scattering.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
For real chromosomes (+), data show the average number of crossovers per meiosis (y-axis) against the number of genes per chromosome (x-axis).
Review of haplotype complementarity under mutational pressure
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