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adjective Biology.
  1. of, relating to, or divided into segments or somites.
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Origin of meristic

First recorded in 1890–95, meristic is from the Greek word meristikós of division. See meristem, -ic
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Historical Examples

  • Lastly, it may be recalled that in sterility we are almost certainly considering a meristic phenomenon.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Meristic law is that of balance and distribution: it defines what is and is not to be possessed.

  • Law is either archic (of direction), meristic (of division), or critic (of judgment).

British Dictionary definitions for meristic


adjective biology
  1. of or relating to the number of organs or parts in an animal or plant bodymeristic variation
  2. segmentedmeristic worms
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