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pleomorphism

[plee-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m] /ˌpli əˈmɔr fɪz əm/
noun, Biology
1.
existence of an organism in two or more distinct forms during the life cycle; polymorphism.
Also, pleomorphy.
Origin of pleomorphism
1860-1865
1860-65; pleo- + -morph + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for pleomorphism

pleomorphism

/ˌpliːəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm/
noun
1.
the occurrence of more than one different form in the life cycle of a plant or animal
2.
the occurrence of more than one different form of crystal of one chemical compound; polymorphism
Derived Forms
pleomorphic, adjective
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pleomorphism in Medicine

pleomorphism ple·o·mor·phism (plē'ə-môr'fĭz'əm)
n.

  1. See polymorphism.

  2. The occurrence of two or more structural forms during a life cycle, especially of certain plants.


ple'o·mor'phic (-fĭk) or ple'o·mor'phous (-fəs) adj.
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