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n. process of cell division which occurs in the maturation of sex cells (Biology)
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1. (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)
(synonym) miosis, reduction division
(hypernym) cell division, cellular division
(classification) genetics, genetic science
2. 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"
(hypernym) rhetorical device
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