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- 1. meiosis, miosis, reduction division, cell division, cellular division
- usage: (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)
- 2. litotes, meiosis, rhetorical device, understatement
- usage: understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); "saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
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