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heteromorphic

[het-er-uh-mawr-fik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈmɔr fɪk/
adjective
1.
Biology. dissimilar in shape, structure, or magnitude.
2.
Entomology. undergoing complete metamorphosis; possessing varying forms.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; hetero- + -morphic
Related forms
heteromorphism, heteromorphy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heteromorphism

heteromorphic

/ˌhɛtərəʊˈmɔːfɪk/
adjective (biology)
1.
differing from the normal form in size, shape, and function
2.
(of pairs of homologous chromosomes) differing from each other in size or form
3.
(esp of insects) having different forms at different stages of the life cycle
Derived Forms
heteromorphism, heteromorphy, noun
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Word Origin and History for heteromorphism

heteromorphic

adj.

"having different or dissimilar forms," 1864; from hetero- + Greek morphe "form" (see Morpheus).

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