figure of different stages of meiosis
Specialized kind of cell division that reduces the chromosome number by half (thus called reductional division) resulting in production of haploid daughter cells (gametes)
Haploid gametes fuse in sexual reproduction to give rise to diploid cells.
Meiosis I starts after DNA has been replicated in S phase. Meiosis I is followed by meiosis II at the end of which four haploid cells are formed.