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top to bottom:In meiosis a parent cell replicates and recombines, divides once to create two daughter cells, then divides again creating four daughter cells, each of which has half the genetic content of the original parent cell.


n. pl. mei·o·ses (-sēz′)
1. Genetics The process of cell division in sexually reproducing organisms that reduces the number of chromosomes from diploid to haploid, as in the production of gametes.
2. Rhetorical understatement.

[Greek meiōsis, diminution, from meioun, to diminish, from meiōn, less; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mei·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
mei·ot′i·cal·ly adv.
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How IVM works: The immature bovine oocytes are released out from their follicles and are cultivated in regular maturation medium, following that oocytes attain the first meiotic division stage (Sirard and Coenen, 2006).
The 2018 edition of the annual series describes the structure and function of thin membrane protrusions, organelle formation in bacteria and archaea, transpeptidases for modifying proteins, unconventional ways in which cells have evolved to die or survive, positioning of the oocyte meiotic spindle, and axon regeneration in the central nervous system.
Cytogenetics results.--In the three types of females analyzed, stages of mitotic metaphases and meiotic anaphases were observed with two chromosomal complements.
One important stage in spermatogenesis is the meiotic division that occurs when the primary spermatocyte develops into spermatid.
At this meiotic process, the haploid female pronucleus is formed in the cytoplasm of the fertilized egg.
Under in vitro conditions, the oocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells still stay in the early stages of meiotic process and cannot complete meiosis [5,6].
Mitotic and meiotic stages were photographed by a BX53 light microscope (Olympus) equipped with DP 26 digital camera with CellSens software (Olympus).
There are three phases of spermatogenesis, namely, the proliferative or spermatogonial phase, the meiotic or spermatocytary phase, and the differentiation or spermiogenic phase [5].
The presence of sustentacular cells with high amounts of Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and testosterone progressed meiotic division, reduced apoptosis and enhanced survival of germ cells in cultured human testis tissue or cell suspensions (Tesarik et al., 1998; Tesarik et al., 2001).
arthurneivai presented different heterochromatin patterns distribution and meiotic behavior.
According to previous reports (25,29), meiotic progress, oocyte growth, cumulus cell proliferation, and numerous other processes associated with IVM are stimulated by the above mentioned growth factors and cytokines.