- maiosis (archaic)
From Ancient Greek μείωσις (meíōsis, “a lessening”), from μειόω (meióō, “I lessen”), from μείων (meíōn, “less”). And, for the biological sense: Coined by British biologists John Bretland Farmer John Edmund Sharrock Moore in 1905 as maiosis in a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Microscopic Science, with the spelling corrected on etymological grounds later that year. Doublet of miosis.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /maɪˈəʊ.sɪs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /maɪˈoʊ.sɪs/
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- Homophone: miosis
- Rhymes: -əʊsɪs
- (countable, uncountable, 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.
- (usually uncountable, cytology) Cell division of a diploid cell into four haploid cells, which develop to produce gametes.
meiosis f (plural meiosis)