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8.3 Terms

synapsis the pairing of homologous chromosomes during meiosis
tetrad the four chromatids in a pair of homologous chromosomes that come together as a result of synapsis during meiosis
crossing-over the exchange of genetic material between homologous chromosomes during meiosis;can result in genetic recombination
genetic recombination the regrouping of genes in an offspring that results in a genetic makeup that is different from that of the parents
independent assortment the random distribution of the pairs of genes on different chromosomes to the gametes
spermatogenesis the process by which male gametes form
oogenesis the production, growth, and maturation of an egg, or ovum
polar body a short lived product of the formation of gametes by meiosis
sexual reproduction reproduction in which gametes from two parents unite
Created by: Addaleigh