Mon March 07, 2011 By: Aarti Prakash

could you please explain the difference between mitosis and meiosis?

Expert Reply
Mon March 07, 2011
Dear student,





A process of asexual reproduction in which the cell divides in two producing a replica, with an equal number of chromosomes in haploid cell.

A type of cellular reproduction in which the number of chromosomes are reduced by half through the separation of homologous chromosomes in a diploid cell.


Two diploid cells are formed.

Four haploid cells are formed


Occurs in all body cells except the sex cells

Occurs in sex cells


Its steps are Interphase, Prophase ,  Metaphase , Anaphase, Telophase, and cytokinesis


Its steps are Interphase I, Prophase I,  Metaphase I, Anaphase I, Telophase I, Prophase II, Metaphase II, Anaphase II and Telophase II.



Function is cellular Reproduction & general growth and repair of the body


Function is sexual reproduction


Crossing over does not occur in mitosis

Crossing over occurs in meiosis


Chromosome number remains the same in daughter cells as in parent cell.

Chromosome number reduces to half in daughter cells as in parent cell.


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