- Biology. dissimilar in shape, structure, or magnitude.
- Entomology. undergoing complete metamorphosis; possessing varying forms.
Origin of heteromorphic
Related Words for heteromorphicunusual, unexpected, irregular, exceptional, unnatural, atypical, anomalous, uncommon, peculiar, extraordinary, strange, weird, odd, aberrant, bizarre, curious, deviant, deviate, deviating, divergent
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Heteromorphic, het-e-ro-mor′fik, adj. deviating in form from a given type—also Heteromor′phous.
Organic development is not like crystallisation; it is heteromorphic crystallisation, so to speak.Herbert Spencer
J. Arthur Thomson
I find that the mid-styled (by variation) P. sinensis is more fertile with own pollen, even, than a heteromorphic union!More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
- differing from the normal form in size, shape, and function
- (of pairs of homologous chromosomes) differing from each other in size or form
- (esp of insects) having different forms at different stages of the life cycle