- A specialized cell division in which a single diploid cell undergoes two nuclear divisions following a single round of DNA replication in order to produce four daughter cells that contain half the number of chromosomes as the diploid cell. Meiosis occurs during the formation of gametes from diploid organisms and at the beginning of haplophase in those organisms that alternate between diploid and haploid generations. Reference(s): PMID:933432
Definition from: Gene Ontology via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- A type of cell nucleus division, occurring during maturation of the germ cells. Two successive cell nucleus divisions following a single chromosome duplication (S phase) result in daughter cells with half the number of chromosomes as the parent cells.
Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- Meiosis is the formation of egg and sperm cells. In sexually reproducing organisms, body cells are diploid, meaning they contain two sets of chromosomes (one set from each parent). To maintain this state, the egg and sperm that unite during fertilization must be haploid, meaning they each contain a single set of chromosomes. During meiosis, diploid cells undergo DNA replication, followed by two rounds of cell division, producing four haploid sex cells.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
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