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polymorph

[pol-ee-mawrf]
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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.
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Origin of polymorph

1820–30; < Greek polýmorphos; see poly-, -morph
Related formspol·y·mor·phic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polymorph

polymorph

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
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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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