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  • meiosis
  • This path to maleness or femaleness originates at the moment of meiosis , when a cell divides to produce gametes , or sex cells having half the normal number of chromosomes. (britannica.com)
  • Cell
  • The reason for this is that, in each somatic cell of a normal female, one of the X chromosomes is randomly deactivated. (britannica.com)
  • This deactivated X chromosome can be seen as a small, dark-staining structure-the Barr body -in the cell nucleus . (britannica.com)
  • however
  • A woman who inherits the recessive allele for a sex-linked disorder on one of her X chromosomes may, however, show a limited expression of the trait. (britannica.com)
  • However, because the remainder of the Y chromosome is missing they frequently do not develop secondary sexual characteristics in the usual way. (novapublishers.com)