Biology. dissimilar in shape, structure, or magnitude.
Entomology. undergoing complete metamorphosis; possessing varying forms.

Origin of heteromorphic

First recorded in 1860–65; hetero- + -morphic
Related formshet·er·o·mor·phism, het·er·o·mor·phy, noun
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adjective biology

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
Derived Formsheteromorphism or heteromorphy, noun
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Word Origin and History for heteromorphic

"having different or dissimilar forms," 1864; from hetero- + Greek morphe "form" (see Morpheus).

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