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maturation division

noun, Cell Biology
1.
a stage in meiosis during which the chromosomal number of the reproductive cell is reduced to one chromosome from each original chromosome pair.
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  • Metaphase of first maturation division, showing the element x in various positions.

  • The second maturation division is seen in metaphase in figure 220 and in anaphase in figure 221.

  • This is called maturation, or the maturation division, and the new cells have only half the original number of chromosomes.

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maturation division in Medicine

maturation division n.
Either of the two successive cell divisions of meiosis, with only one duplication of the chromosomes, that results in the formation of haploid gametes.

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