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Definition of the noun meiosis

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noun - plural: meioses

  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)
    • domain: genetic science / genetics
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonyms of meiosis: miosis / reduction division
    • more generic terms: cell division / cellular division = the process in reproduction and growth by which a cell divides to form daughter cells
    • more specific word: nondisjunction = meiosis in which there is a failure of paired homologous chromosomes to separate
    • parts:
      • anaphase = the stage of meiosis or mitosis when chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
      • cytokinesis = organic process consisting of the division of the cytoplasm of a cell following karyokinesis bringing about the separation into two daughter cells
      • karyokinesis = organic process consisting of the division of the nucleus of a cell during mitosis or meiosis
      • metaphase = the second stage of meiosis
      • prophase = the first stage of meiosis
      • segregation = the separation of paired alleles during meiosis so that members of each pair of alleles appear in different gametes
      • telophase = the final stage of meiosis when the chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
  2. understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of meiosis: litotes
    • more generic terms: understatement = a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said; rhetorical device = a use of language that creates a literary effect

Alternative definition of the noun meiosis


  1. [countable, rhetoric] A figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important than it actually is.
  2. [uncountable, cytology] Cell division of a diploid cell into four haploid cells, which develop to produce [l, en, gametes].


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  1. Meiosis: In rhetoric, meiosis is a euphemistic figure of speech that intentionally understates something or implies that it is lesser in significance or size than it really is. Meiosis is the opposite of auxesis, and also sometimes used as a synonym for litotes. The term is derived from the Greek μειόω.
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Google previewPreparing for the AP Biology Examination (2014)

by Robert Doltar

Mitosis is the process of making diploid daughter cells for growth and development, while meiosis is the process of making haploid gametes for sexual reproduction. Meiosis is the process of making diploid daughter cells for growth and ...

Google previewGenetics (2005)

Analysis of Genes and Genomes by Daniel L. Hartl, Elizabeth W. Jones

Meiosis is the type of nuclear division that takes place in germ cells, and it reduces the diploid number of chromosomes to...

Google previewCliffsNotes Praxis II (2013)

Middle School Science (0439) by Glen E. Moulton

Meiosis is the formation of the sex cells in preparation for sexual reproduction. Meiosis is also referred to as a reduction division...

Google previewCracking the AP Biology Exam, 2017 Edition (2016)

by Princeton Review

Meiosis is the production of gametes.

Google previewGenetics and Developmental Biology (2015)

The Thomas Hunt Morgan Centennial Symposium by Howard J. Teas

MEIOSIS AND DNA REPLICATION IN CHLA MYDOM ONAS Noboru Sueoka, Kwen-Sheng Chiang, & Joseph R. Kates Meiosis is the cell division through which the chromosome number of the zygote is reduced to one-half and is the basis of ...

Google previewBoundaries of Evolution (2014)

What Would Darwin Think Now About DNA, the Big Bang, and Finite Time? by Theodore R. Johnstone, M.D.

Meiosis is a very special kind of mitosis that sexually reproducing eukaryotes use to produce the female egg and the male sperm; each is called a gamete. This process is called gametogenesis. We have learned that eukaryotic chromosomes ...

Google previewUniversity Botany Ii : (Gymnosperms, Plant Anatomy, Genetics, Ecology) (2003)

by S M Reddy, S J Chary

Meiosis is an unavoidable phenomenon that should occur at a certain stage to maintain the nuclear contents of the cell.

Google previewStem Cells in Reproductive Medicine (2013)

Basic Science and Therapeutic Potential by Carlos Simón, Antonio Pellicer, Renee Reijo Pera

Meiosis is the specialized cell division that produces haploid gametes. Stripped to its...

Google previewCell Talk (2003)

Talking to Your Cell(f) by John E. Upledger

Meiosis is a complex and confusing process about which there are still many unanswered questions. Science is...

Google previewPlant Biotechnology and Genetics (2012)

Principles, Techniques and Applications by C. Neal Stewart, Jr.

Meiosis is the type of cell division used to make sex cells or gametes. The goal of meiosis is to generate haploid cells, which have half the number of chromosomes as the original cell. Meiosis is a two-step process, where the original cell ...

Google previewElectro-Epilation (2001)

A Practical Approach by Elizabeth Cartwright, Gill Morris, Michelle Severn

Meiosis is a much more complex form of cell division than mitosis. which the fallopian tubes are joined to the uterus. The ovary has an inner medulla of loose connective tissue containing cells which are thought to be the same as the interstitial ...

Google previewCracking the AP Biology Exam 2013 (2012)

by Kim Magloire

Meiosis is the production of gametes.

Google previewCracking the AP Biology Exam, 2012 Edition (2011)

by Kim Magloire, Princeton Review

Meiosis is the production of gametes.

Google previewCracking the AP Biology Exam, 2013 Edition (2012)

by Princeton Review, Kim Magloire

Meiosis is the production of gametes.

Google previewGenetics , From Genes to Genomes (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Meiosis is a special type of cell division necessary for sexual reproduction in eukaryotes, such as animals, plants and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

Meiosis 9. Attention should be given to: - forced meaning, which presses the text to say more than it does, or which shows something other than the natural meaning. - equivocal meaning, a double meaning based upon the polysemic nature of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Genetics and Disease [2 volumes] (2013)

by Evelyn B. Kelly Ph.D.

The additional chromosome happens before conception, during meiosis or the formation of sperm or egg. The effects of the extra chromosome vary and depend on the extent of the extra copy, genetic history, or just plain chance. Like that of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

Meiosis. The sequence of events occurring during two cell divisions to convert diploid cells into haploid cells.

Google previewA Dictionary of Genetics (2013)

by Robert C. King, Pamela Mulligan, William Stansfield

Meiosis therefore provides a mechanism whereby (1) an exchange of genetic material may take place between homologous chromosomes and (2) each gamete receives but one member of each chromo— some pair. J. B. Farmer and J. E. S. ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tidepools and Rocky Shores (2007)

by Mark W. Denny, Steven Dean Gaines

(meiosis) FIGURE 1 The zygotic-meiosis (haplontic) life cycle of Chiamydomo- nas, a green alga. Zygospore meiosis produces zoospores, which for this species are its vegetative cells. With the proper environmental trigger, the ...

Google previewBlack's Medical Dictionary (2002)

by Gordon Macpherson

Meiosis 441 such 'withdrawal symptoms'. CORTICOSTEROIDS are a particularly important group of medicines in this respect, because prolonged courses of treatment with high doses can suppress the ability of the body to respond to severe ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, and Informatics (2008)

by George P. Rédei

Meiosis may take place and four haploid nuclei arise from which again only one survives. The survivor divides again into two, which after fusion generate a diploid homozygote. If the conjugation lasts for longer periods, cytoplasmic elements ...

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Scrabble value of M3E1I1O1S1I1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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