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 (mĕz′ə-môr′fĭk, mĕs′-)
1. also mes·o·mor·phous (-môr′fəs) Of, relating to, or existing in a state of matter intermediate between liquid and crystal.
2. Of or relating to a mesomorph.

mes′o·mor′phism, mes′o·mor′phy n.


1. (Chemistry) chem existing in or concerned with an intermediate state of matter between a true liquid and a true solid. See also liquid crystal, smectic, nematic
2. (Physiology) relating to or being a mesomorph
ˌmesoˈmorphism n
ˈmesoˌmorphy n


(ˌmɛz əˈmɔr fɪk, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-)

1. pertaining to or having a muscular or sturdy body build characterized by the relative prominence of structures developed from the embryonic mesoderm (contrasted with ectomorphic, endomorphic).
2. pertaining to or existing in an intermediate state, as a liquid crystal in the nematic or smectic state.
mes′o•mor`phy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mesomorphic - having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layermesomorphic - having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
ectomorphic - having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
endomorphic, pyknic - having a squat and fleshy build; "a pyknic practical joke"
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The broad peaks imply a mesomorphic phase, meanwhile the other two scattering peaks (110) and (040) oriented on off-axis show residual regularity in the sample.
5 cm), mesomorphic (in proportion to her height, weighing 28 kg) and had a relatively narrow thorax (figure 1A).
The wrestlers have very high values for the mesomorphic characteristic, low endomorphy and ectomorphy, also there is no difference between Freestyle and Greco-Roman in terms of the ratings (Yoon, 2002).
A study conducted by Del Vecchio (10) in Rio Grande do Sul with gymnasts of three different categories: pre-infant (9 to 10 yrs), juveniles (11 to 15 yrs), and adults (>16 yrs old) found higher means for the ectomorphic component in the first two categories and for the mesomorphic component in the adult category.
About the somatotype, men showed a mesomorphic predominance and women showed a endomorphic predominance.
They have large eyes, broad shoulders, and graceful mesomorphic bodies.
6, can be interpreted as indicating that the secondary xylem is mesomorphic, if only by means of succulence (Carlquist, 1998a).
Whereas men typically want to be mesomorphic or have a defined muscular (but not excessively large) body, women desired to be thin (Arbour & Martin Ginis, 2006; Jones & Crawford, 2005; Tylka & Andorka, 2012).
Mantecon, Dimeric liquid-crystalline epoxyimine monomers: influence of dipolar moments on mesomorphic behavior and the formation of liquid-crystalline thermosets, J.
All of these characters were designed and developed by professional 3D artists to simulate Caucasian mesomorphic body types according to Tanner's (1973) developmental criteria for each age category (i.
Studies indicate that general physiologic profile of successful wrestlers is high anaerobic power and capacity, muscular strength, above average aerobic power, exceptional flexibility, fat free mass, and a mesomorphic somatotype (1, 2).
34) Charles McCloy published a portion of these results and, through a factor analysis of 12 items, demonstrated the existence of 4 physical fitness factors, which he titled (1) circulo-respiratory endurance, (2) velocity or muscular contraction speed, (3) muscular endurance, and (4) mesomorphic build.