heteromorphy

heteromorphic

[het-er-uh-mawr-fik]
adjective
1.
Biology. dissimilar in shape, structure, or magnitude.
2.
Entomology. undergoing complete metamorphosis; possessing varying forms.

Origin:
1860–65; hetero- + -morphic

heteromorphism, heteromorphy, noun
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heteromorphic or heteromorphous (ˌhɛtərəʊˈmɔːfɪk)
 
adj
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
 
heteromorphous or heteromorphous
 
adj
 
hetero'morphism or heteromorphous
 
n
 
hetero'morphy or heteromorphous
 
n

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