1. [ noun ] (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)
Synonyms: miosis reduction_division
Related terms: cell_division nondisjunction segregation anaphase metaphase telophase karyokinesis prophase genetics
2. [ noun ] (rhetoric) understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
Synonyms: litotes

"saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"

Related terms: understatement rhetorical_device
Similar spelling:   miosis