Dictionary.com

polymorph

[ pol-ee-mawrf ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌmɔrf /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: polymorphic on Thesaurus.com

noun
Biology. an organism having more than one form or type as a result of discontinuous variation.
Crystallography. any of the crystal forms assumed by a substance that exhibits polymorphism.
Anatomy. granulocyte.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of polymorph

First recorded in 1820–30; from Greek polýmorphos; see poly-, -morph

OTHER WORDS FROM polymorph

pol·y·mor·phic [pol-ee-mawr-fik] /ˌpɒl iˈmɔr fɪk/ adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

British Dictionary definitions for polymorph

polymorph
/ (ˈpɒlɪˌmɔːf) /

noun
a species of animal or plant that exhibits polymorphism
any of the crystalline forms of a chemical compound that exhibits polymorphism
Also called: polymorphonuclear leucocyte any of a group of white blood cells that have lobed nuclei and granular cytoplasm and function as phagocytes; they include neutrophils, basophils, and eosinophils

Word Origin for polymorph

C19: from Greek polumorphos having many forms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK