or zy·go·mor·phous

[zahy-guh-mawr-fik, zig-uh-]

adjective Biology.

having bilateral symmetry; divisible lengthwise into similar or symmetrical halves.

Origin of zygomorphic

First recorded in 1870–75; zygo- + -morphic
Related formszy·go·mor·phism, zy·go·mor·phy, noun
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(of a flower) capable of being cut in only one plane so that the two halves are mirror imagesSee also actinomorphic
Derived Formszygomorphism or zygomorphy, noun
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zygomorphic in Medicine


[zī′gə-môrfĭk, zĭg′ə-]


Bilaterally symmetrical. Used of organisms or parts.
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zygomorphic in Science


[zī′gə-môrfĭk, zĭg′ə-]

Relating to a flower that can be divided into equal halves along only one line; bilaterally symmetrical. The flowers of the iris and the snapdragon are zygomorphic. Compare actinomorphic.
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