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[n] 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"
[n] (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)

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\Mei*o"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to make smaller, from ?. See {Meionite}.] (Rhet.) Diminution; a species of hyperbole, representing a thing as being less than it really is.

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