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Etymology

Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek μείωσις (meiōsis) "a lessening" < μειόω (meioō) "I lessen" < μείων (meiōn) "less".

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meiosis

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meioses

meiosis (meioses)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) a figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important than it is
    • 1965: I knew, with one of those secret knowledges that can exist between two people, that her suicide was a direct result of my having told her of my own attempt – I had told it with a curt meiosis that was meant to conceal depths; and she had called my bluff one final time. — John Fowles, The Magus
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Cell division of a diploid cell into four haploid cells, which develop to produce gametes.

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