|Occurs in all somatic cells||Occurs only in reproductive (sex) cells|
|Chromosome number remains same, i.e., diploid (2n), hence it is equational division||Chromosome number reduces to half, i.e., haploid (n), hence it is reductional division|
|Two daughter cells are produced||Four daughter cells are produced|
|One cell division involves four phases||Consists of two sub-divisions: Meiosis - I and Meiosis - II each involving four phases. Prophase - I is again subdivided into five sub-stages|
|No crossing over||Crossing over takes place|
|Daughter cells have identical chromosomes to parent cell, i.e., genetic material remains constant||Daughter cells have chromosomes with combined genetic material from both parents i.e., genetic variability occurs|
REMEMBER: MEIOSIS HAS THE "ME" IN IT. THAT'S HOW "ME" WAS CREATED.