amorphous

[ uh-mawr-fuhs ]
/ əˈmɔr fəs /

adjective

lacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless: the amorphous clouds.
of no particular kind or character; indeterminate; having no pattern or structure; unorganized: an amorphous style; an amorphous personality.
Petrography, Mineralogy. occurring in a mass, as without stratification or crystalline structure.
Chemistry. not crystalline.
Biology. having structural components that are not clearly differentiated, as the nuclear material in certain bacteria.

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Origin of amorphous

First recorded in 1725–35, amorphous is from the Greek word ámorphos shapeless. See a-6, -morph, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM amorphous

a·mor·phous·ly, adverba·mor·phous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for amorphous

amorphous
/ (əˈmɔːfəs) /

adjective

lacking a definite shape; formless
of no recognizable character or type
(of chemicals, rocks, etc) not having a crystalline structure

Derived forms of amorphous

amorphism, nounamorphously, adverbamorphousness, noun

Word Origin for amorphous

C18: from New Latin, from Greek amorphos shapeless, from a- 1 + morphē shape
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Medical definitions for amorphous

amorphous
[ ə-môrfəs ]

adj.

Lacking definite form; shapeless.
Lacking organization; formless.
Lacking distinct crystalline structure.
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Scientific definitions for amorphous

amorphous
[ ə-môrfəs ]

Not made of crystals. Glass, amber, and plastics are amorphous substances.
Lacking definite form or shape.
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