a mineral enclosed within another mineral. Compare perimorph.
a person of the endomorphic type.

1880–85; endo- + -morph

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endomorph (ˈɛndəʊˌmɔːf)
1.  ectomorph Compare mesomorph a person with a fat and heavy body build: said to be correlated with viscerotonia
2.  a mineral that naturally occurs enclosed within another mineral, as within quartz

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1940 as one of W.H. Sheldon's three types of human bodies, from endo- + Gk. morphe "form" (see morphine). Related: Endomorphic.
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endomorph en·do·morph (ěn'də-môrf')
An individual having a body build characterized by relative prominence of the abdomen and other soft body parts developed from the embryonic endodermal layer.

en'do·mor'phic adj.
en'do·mor'phy n.
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a human physical type (somatotype) tending toward roundness, as determined by the physique classification system developed by American psychologist W.H. Sheldon. The extreme endomorph has a body as nearly globular as humanly possible; he has a round head, a large, round abdomen, large internal organs relative to his size, rather short arms and legs with fat upper arms and thighs, but slender wrists and ankles. Under normal conditions the endormorphic individual has a great deal of body fat, but he is not simply a fat person; if starved, he remains an endomorph, only thinner. Compare ectomorph; mesomorph.

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Results showed a predominance of endomorphic-mesomorph and mesomorphic-endomorph temperament.
Ectomorph and endomorph data suggested significant preferences for body types similar to their own.
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