[mez-uh-mawrf, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]

Origin of mesomorph

First recorded in 1935–40; meso- + -morph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for mesomorph


  1. a person with a muscular body build: said to be correlated with somatotoniaCompare ectomorph, endomorph (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for mesomorph

1940, from meso- + Greek morphe "form" (see Morpheus). Coined by W.H. Shelton; the reference is to the mesodermal layer of the embryo. Related: Mesomorphic (attested from 1923 in chemistry).

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mesomorph in Medicine


  1. An individual characterized by a robust muscular body build in which tissues derived from the embryonic mesodermal layer predominate.
Related formsmes′o•morphic adj.mes′o•morphism null n.
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