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meiosis

meiosis - Dictionary definition and meaning for word meiosis

Definition
(noun) (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)
Synonyms : miosis , reduction division

Definition
(noun) understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
Synonyms : litotes
Example Sentence
  • saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes

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