meiosis

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

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meiosis (countable and uncountable, plural meioses)

  1. (countable, rhetoric) A figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important than it actually is.
    • 1965, John Fowles, The Magus:
      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.
  2. (uncountable, cytology) Cell division of a diploid cell into four haploid cells, which develop to produce gametes.

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