[ plee-uh-mawr-fiz-uhm ]
/ ˌpli əˈmɔr fɪz əm /
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existence of an organism in two or more distinct forms during the life cycle; polymorphism.
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British Dictionary definitions for pleomorphism
/ (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 pleomorphismpleomorphic, adjective
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Medical definitions for pleomorphism
[ plē′ə-môr′fĭz′əm ]
The occurrence of two or more structural forms during a life cycle, especially of certain plants.
Other words from pleomorphismple′o•mor′phic (-fĭk) null adj.
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