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polymorph

[pol-ee-mawrf] /ˈpɒl iˌmɔrf/
noun
1.
Biology. an organism having more than one adult form, as the different castes in social ants.
2.
Crystallography. any of the crystal forms assumed by a substance that exhibits polymorphism.
3.
Anatomy, granulocyte.
Origin of polymorph
1820-1830
1820-30; < Greek polýmorphos; see poly-, -morph
Related forms
polymorphic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polymorph

polymorph

/ˈpɒlɪˌmɔːf/
noun
1.
a species of animal or plant that exhibits polymorphism
2.
any of the crystalline forms of a chemical compound that exhibits polymorphism
3.
Also called polymorphonuclear leucocyte. any of a group of white blood cells that have lobed nuclei and granular cytoplasm and function as phagocytes; they include neutrophils, basophils, and eosinophils
Word Origin
C19: from Greek polumorphos having many forms
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Word Origin and History for polymorph
n.

"organism of several forms," 1828, from Greek polymorphos "of many forms" (see polymorphous).

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