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reduction division

n
(Biology) another name for meiosis
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reduc′tion divi`sion


n.
meiosis, esp. the first division in which the chromosome number is reduced.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.reduction division - (genetics) cell division that produces reproductive cells in sexually reproducing organismsreduction division - (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)
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
anaphase - the stage of meiosis or mitosis when chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
cell division, cellular division - the process in reproduction and growth by which a cell divides to form daughter cells
cytokinesis - organic process consisting of the division of the cytoplasm of a cell following karyokinesis bringing about the separation into two daughter cells
karyokinesis - organic process consisting of the division of the nucleus of a cell during mitosis or meiosis
metaphase - the second stage of meiosis
nondisjunction - meiosis in which there is a failure of paired homologous chromosomes to separate; results in an abnormal number of chromosomes in the daughter cells
prophase - the first stage of meiosis
segregation - (genetics) the separation of paired alleles during meiosis so that members of each pair of alleles appear in different gametes
telophase - the final stage of meiosis when the chromosomes move toward opposite ends of the nuclear spindle
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