Mitosis/Meiosis Comparison

Miranda Presnell 7th period


a type of cell division that results in four daughter cells each with half the number of chromosomes of the parent cell, as in the production of gametes and plant spores.


  • Takes place in the germ cells.
  • Occurs only in Sexually reproducing organisms .
  • There are Two cell divisions, the first and the second meiotic divisions.
  • Interphase precedes only in meiosis I, It does not occur prior to meiosis II.
  • DNA replication takes place during interphase I but not Interphase II.


  • Takes place in the somatic cells of the body.
  • Occurs in both sexually as well as asexually reproducing organisms.
  • The Cells Divide only once
  • Interphase occurs prior to each division
  • DNA replication takes place during interphase I.

How are the alike ?

  • They both involve division of a cell.
  • The processes of division are the same. (anaphase, Metaphase, etc.).
  • Replication of chromosomes occurs before division.
  • Same number of chromosomes at first divisions.
  • Two sets of chromosomes for both are enclosed by the nuclear envelope