[ trahy-mawr-fiz-uh m ]
/ traɪˈmɔr fɪz əm /
Zoology. the occurrence of three forms distinct in structure, coloration, etc., among animals of the same species.
Botany. the occurrence of three different forms of flowers, leaves, etc., on the same plant or on distinct plants of the same species.
Crystallography. the property of some substances of crystallizing in three structurally distinct forms.
the property or condition of occurring in three distinct forms.
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OTHER WORDS FROM trimorphismtri·mor·phic, tri·mor·phous, adjective
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There are, also, cases of dimorphism and trimorphism, both with animals and plants.On the Origin of Species|Charles Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for trimorphism
/ (traɪˈmɔːfɪzəm) /
biology the property exhibited by certain species of having or occurring in three different forms
the property of certain minerals of existing in three crystalline forms
Derived forms of trimorphismtrimorphic or trimorphous, adjective
Word Origin for trimorphism
C19: from Greek trimorphos (from tri- + morphē form) + -ism
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