Pleomorphy

pleomorphism

[plee-uh-mawr-fiz-uhm]
noun Biology.
existence of an organism in two or more distinct forms during the life cycle; polymorphism.
Also, pleomorphy.


Origin:
1860–65; pleo- + -morph + -ism

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pleomorphism or pleomorphy (ˌpliːəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm, ˈpliːəˌmɔːfɪ)
 
n
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
 
pleomorphy or pleomorphy
 
n
 
pleo'morphic or pleomorphy
 
adj

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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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