or ple·o·mor·phy

[ plee-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m ]
/ ˌpli əˈmɔr fɪz əm /

noun Biology.

existence of an organism in two or more distinct forms during the life cycle; polymorphism.

Origin of pleomorphism

First recorded in 1860–65; pleo- + -morph + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pleomorphism


pleomorphy (ˈpliːəˌmɔːfɪ)

/ (ˌpliːəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm) /


the occurrence of more than one different form in the life cycle of a plant or animal
the occurrence of more than one different form of crystal of one chemical compound; polymorphism

Derived forms of pleomorphism

pleomorphic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for pleomorphism

[ plē′ə-môrfĭz′əm ]


The occurrence of two or more structural forms during a life cycle, especially of certain plants.

Other words from pleomorphism

ple′o•morphic (-fĭk) null adj.
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