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  1. Also me·tam·er·al [muh-tam-er-uh l] /məˈtæm ər əl/. Zoology.
    1. consisting of metameres.
    2. pertaining to metamerism.
  2. Chemistry. of, relating to, or characteristic of metamerism.
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Origin of metameric

First recorded in 1840–50; metamere + -ic
Related formsmet·a·mer·i·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·met·a·mer·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for metameric

Historical Examples

  • In Cartilaginous ganoids the only indications of metameric segmentation are found in the neural and haemal arches.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Gegenbaur's evertebral part—the region of the olfactory and optic nerves—which cannot be referred to any metameric segmentation.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Remarkable for the adhesion of incomplete fission-products in a metameric series.

  • It is important to notice that the metameric plan of growth of Chaetopods is still preserved.

British Dictionary definitions for metameric


  1. divided into or consisting of metameresSee also metamerism (def. 1)
  2. of or concerned with metamerism
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Derived Formsmetamerically, adverb
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