from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Biology Of, relating to, or being the reduction division of meiosis.
- adj. Of a different type or form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. literally "with a different type". In botanical nomenclature a heterotypic synonym (or taxonomic synonym) is a synonym that comes into being when a taxon is reduced in status ("reduced to synonymy") and becomes part of a different taxon. The zoological equivalent is "subjective synonym".
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the first nuclear division occurring after mitapsis: so called because it is strikingly different from the ordinary mitoses (nuclear divisions).
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