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adjective Cell Biology.
  1. of or relating to the first or reductional division in meiosis.
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Also het·er·o·typ·i·cal.
Compare homeotypic.

Origin of heterotypic

First recorded in 1885–90; hetero- + type + -ic
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Examples from the Web for heterotypic

Historical Examples of heterotypic

  • The heterotypic maturation mitosis in Amphibia and its general significance.

    Studies in Spermatogenesis

    Nettie Maria Stevens

  • In 1887 W. Flemming termed this the heterotypic form of nuclear division.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

British Dictionary definitions for heterotypic



  1. denoting or relating to the first nuclear division of meiosis, in which the chromosome number is halvedCompare homeotypic
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heterotypic in Medicine


  1. Of a different or unusual type or form.
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