Metaphase of first maturation division, showing the element x in various positions.
The second maturation division is seen in metaphase in figure 220 and in anaphase in figure 221.
This is called maturation, or the maturation division, and the new cells have only half the original number of chromosomes.
maturation division n.
Either of the two successive cell divisions of meiosis, with only one duplication of the chromosomes, that results in the formation of haploid gametes.