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[muh-ris-tik] /məˈrɪs tɪk/
adjective, Biology
of, relating to, or divided into segments or somites.
Origin of meristic
1890-95; < Greek meristikós of division. See meristem, -ic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meristic
  • meristic characteristics are variable within and among the cyprinids treated in this guide.
  • meristic characters easily distinguish metamorphosed juveniles.
  • Thus, the species exhibits a wide variation in meristic and morphological characteristics.
  • meristic characteristics derived from external morphology are limited in larval lampreys.
British Dictionary definitions for meristic


adjective (biology)
of or relating to the number of organs or parts in an animal or plant body: meristic variation
segmented: meristic worms
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