|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)|
|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)|
"saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
|Related terms:||understatement rhetorical_device|