Biology. an organism having more than one adult form, as the different castes in social ants.
Crystallography. any of the crystal forms assumed by a substance that exhibits polymorphism.
Anatomy, granulocyte.

1820–30; < Greek polýmorphos; see poly-, -morph

polymorphic, adjective
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polymorph (ˈpɒlɪˌmɔːf)
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
[C19: from Greek polumorphos having many forms]

polymorphous or polymorphic (ˌpɒlɪˈmɔːfəs)
1.  having, taking, or passing through many different forms or stages
2.  (of a substance) exhibiting polymorphism
3.  (of an animal or plant) displaying or undergoing polymorphism
polymorphic or polymorphic

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Behavior, because it's so complicated to orchestrate, is polymorphic-it requires the action of many genes in concert.
These genes are involved in immune response, and are extremely polymorphic.
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