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  1. (of a crystal) having the two ends of an axis unlike in their planes or modifications; lacking a center of symmetry.
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Origin of hemimorphic

First recorded in 1860–65; hemi- + -morphic
Related formshem·i·mor·phism, hem·i·mor·phy, noun
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Examples from the Web for hemimorphic

Historical Examples

  • Crystals of this class are therefore differently developed at the two ends and are said to be “hemimorphic.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7


  • Crystals are hexagonal with hemimorphic development, being differently terminated at the two ends.

British Dictionary definitions for hemimorphic


  1. (of a crystal) having different forms at each end of an axis
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Derived Formshemimorphism or hemimorphy, noun
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