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ple·o·mor·phism

 (plē′ə-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. Chemistry See polymorphism.
2. Biology The occurrence of two or more distinct forms, as of an organism during its life cycle or of cells of a certain type.

ple′o·mor′phic adj.

pleomorphism

(ˌpliːəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm) or

pleomorphy

n
1. (Biology) the occurrence of more than one different form in the life cycle of a plant or animal
2. (Chemistry) the occurrence of more than one different form of crystal of one chemical compound; polymorphism
ˌpleoˈmorphic adj

ple•o•mor•phism

(ˌpli əˈmɔr fɪz əm)

n.
1. the occurrence of two or more forms in the life cycle of an organism.
2. the ability of a microorganism to change shape under varying conditions.
[1860–65]
ple`o•mor′phic, adj.

pleomorphism, pleomorphy

the existence of a plant or animal in two or more distinct forms during a life cycle. Also called polymorphism.pleomorphic, pleomorphous, adj.
See also: Biology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleomorphism - (chemistry) the existence of different kinds of crystal of the same chemical compound
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
chemical phenomenon - any natural phenomenon involving chemistry (as changes to atoms or molecules)
dimorphism - (chemistry) the property of certain substances that enables them to exist in two distinct crystalline forms
2.pleomorphism - (biology) the appearance of two or more distinctly different forms in the life cycle of some organisms
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
Translations

ple·o·mor·phism

n. pleomorfismo, cualidad de asumir o tener formas diferentes.
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Typically, plant [gamma]-Tubulin is a pleiomorphic entity that moves in a cell-cycle specific manner to different locations where it nucleates the microtubule systems that drive cell division and morphogenesis (Brown & Lemmon, 2007).
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