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meiosis

Pronunciation: mi-o'sis

Definition: A special process of cell division comprising two nuclear divisions in rapid succession that result in four gametocytes, each containing half the number of chromosomes found in somatic cells.

Synonym(s): meiotic division

[G. meiosis, a lessening]

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