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Meiosis Vocabulary Terms

Andreia Gaspard

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Haploid The process of union of two gametes whereby the diploid chromosome number (2n) is restored and the development of a new individual is intiated.
Zygote An interchange of genes or segments between homologous chromosomes, also called synapsis
Diploid A specialized cell involved in sexual reproduction
Tetrad A cell formed by the union of two gametes
Spermatogenesis Term used to refer to chromosome that each have a corresponding chromosome for the opposite- sex parent
Fertilization The formation of an egg cell
Crossing Over A structure containing 4 chromatids that forms during meiosis
Gamete The cellular process that results int he number of chromosome in gamete- producing cells being reduced to one half and that involves a reduction division in which one of each pair of homologous chromosomes passes to each daugter cell.
Conjugation Term used to refer to a cell that contains one half of a set of homologous chromosomes (n)
Meiosis Formation of a sperm cell
Oogenesis Fusion of usually similar gametes with ultimate union of their nuclei.
Homologous Term used to refer to a cell that contains both sets of homologous chromosomes (2n)

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