Comparisons Meiosis Mitosis
Number of divisions Two Divisions. One cell Division.
Number and type of daughter cells produced Results in the formation of four haploid sex cells (gametes) produced. Two diploid identical daughter cells for one cell division.
Differences in chromosome arrangement In Metaphase 1, the maternal chromosomes pair with the paternal chromosomes at the equator of the cell forming a tetrad (foursome). This pairing can be random. In this formation the chromosomes exchanging information creating new genetic material. This is called crossing over. After cell division, the chromosome arrangement is the exact same for the parent and the daughters, (in a normal division).  The same number and attributes are present in each cell.
Comparison of daughter cells to parent cells Half the number of chromosomes as the parent cell.

Daughter cells are not identical.

Cell organelles in relatively the same position.

Exact same number of chromosomes as its parent. Daughter cells are identical to parents.

Cell organelles in relatively the same position


Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Meiosis vs. Mitosis: Comparison," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019,

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