noun (plural meioses)
- (rhetoric) a figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important than it is
Etymology: Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (meiÅsis) "a lessening" < (polytonic, ) (meioÅ) "I lessen" < (polytonic, ) (meiÅn) "less".
- 1965: 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 that was meant to conceal depths; and she had called my bluff one final time. " John Fowles, The Magus
- (cytology) Cell division of a diploid cell into four haploid cells, which develop to produce gametes.
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