One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The halving of the chromosome number by the separation of homologous chromosomes at the first of the two divisions of meiosis.
2Separation of the different alleles at a particular heterozygous locus in the first division of meiosis.
3Prior chemical reduction.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. From pre- + reduction, after German Praereduction (E. Korschelt& K. Heider Lehrb. der vergleichenden Entwicklungsgeschichte der wirbellosen Thiere (Allgemeiner Theil) II. vi. 586).
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