trimorphism

trimorphism

[trahy-mawr-fiz-uhm]
noun
1.
Zoology. the occurrence of three forms distinct in structure, coloration, etc., among animals of the same species.
2.
Botany. the occurrence of three different forms of flowers, leaves, etc., on the same plant or on distinct plants of the same species.
3.
Crystallography. the property of some substances of crystallizing in three structurally distinct forms.
4.
the property or condition of occurring in three distinct forms.

Origin:
1855–60; < Greek trímorph(os) of three forms (see tri-, -morph) + -ism

trimorphic, trimorphous, adjective
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trimorphism (traɪˈmɔːfɪzəm)
 
n
1.  biology the property exhibited by certain species of having or occurring in three different forms
2.  the property of certain minerals of existing in three crystalline forms
 
[C19: from Greek trimorphos (from tri- + morphē form) + -ism]
 
tri'morphic
 
adj
 
tri'morphous
 
adj

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