[ mez-uh-mawr-fik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]

  1. pertaining to or having a muscular or sturdy body build characterized by the relative prominence of structures developed from the embryonic mesoderm (contrasted with ectomorphic, endomorphic).

  2. Physical Chemistry. pertaining to or existing in an intermediate state, as a liquid crystal in the nematic or smectic state.

Origin of mesomorphic

First recorded in 1920–25; meso- + -morphic

Other words from mesomorphic

  • mes·o·mor·phism, noun
  • mes·o·mor·phy, noun

Words Nearby mesomorphic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for mesomorphic


/ (ˌmɛsəʊˈmɔːfɪk) /

adjectiveAlso: mesomorphous
  1. chem existing in or concerned with an intermediate state of matter between a true liquid and a true solid: See also liquid crystal, smectic, nematic

  2. relating to or being a mesomorph

Derived forms of mesomorphic

  • mesomorphism, noun
  • mesomorphy, noun

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