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Meiosis Definition

Noun: meiosis (meioses)  mI'ow-sis

  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)
    - 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 meiosis";
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Anagrams created from the word meiosis

eoimssi esosimi msiseio isesomi iemoiss