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A type of cell division that results in four daughter cells each with half the number of chromosomes of the parent cell, as in the production of gametes and plant spores:‘the sporophytes of green algae form spores only by meiosis’Compare with mitosis[count noun] ‘no recombinants were observed in over 100 meioses’
- ‘In most meioses, every chromosome pair, no matter how small, sustains at least one crossover - a so-called obligate crossover or obligate chiasma.’
- ‘Models for genetic recombination have been proposed to explain the properties of genetic exchange during fungal meiosis.’
- ‘They were able to work with 12 meioses (a three-generational family with four grandparents, two parents, and four children) and seven marker loci.’
- ‘My personal hope is that students will have some intuitive understanding of meiosis as the physical basis of genetics.’
- ‘This is evidence that the genes are evolving in a concerted manner, as might be predicted for genes that mispair very frequently in meiosis.’
2another term for litotes
- ‘Meiosis, often achieved through a trope of one word, may range from bitter scorn to light derision.’
Mid 16th century (in meiosis): modern Latin, from Greek meiōsis, from meioun lessen, from meiōn less. meiosis dates from the early 20th century.
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