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Meiosis: Formation of Gametes

Meiosis: Formation of Gametes

Author: Nathan Lampson
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This lesson will explore the process of meiosis in developing sperm and egg cells.

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Terms to Know
Diploid

Cells that contains two sets of each chromosome.

Gamete

A sex cell such as sperm or egg which contains a haploid number of chromosomes.

Haploid

The number of chromosomes in the gametes of an organism which is equal to half of the number of chromosomes of somatic cells.

Meiosis

A type of cell division that occurs in sex cells to produce haploid gametes.

Meiosis I

The first round of cell division in meiosis.

Meiosis II

The second round of cell division in meiosis.

Oogenesis

The process that forms a haploid egg cell and a polar body.

Spermatogenesis

The process that forms 4 haploid sperm cells.