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pol·y·mor·phism

 (pŏl′ē-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. Biology The occurrence of more than one form, as several alleles of a particular gene or winged and wingless forms of the same species.
2. Chemistry Crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms. Also called pleomorphism.

pol′y·mor′phic, pol′y·mor′phous adj.
pol′y·mor′phous·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polymorphic - relating to the crystallization of a compound in two or more different forms; "polymorphous crystallization"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
2.polymorphic - relating to the occurrence of more than one kind of individual (independent of sexual differences) in an interbreeding population; "a polymorphic species"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
3.polymorphic - having or occurring in several distinct forms; "man is both polymorphic and polytypic"; "a polymorphous god"
multiform - occurring in or having many forms or shapes or appearances; "the multiform universe of nature and man"- John Dewey

polymorphic

adjective
Biology. Consisting of a number of different kinds:
Biology: polymorphous.
Translations

polymorphic

[ˌpɒlɪˈmɔːfɪk] ADJpolimorfo

polymorphic

References in classic literature ?
Variations neither useful nor injurious would not be affected by natural selection, and would be left a fluctuating element, as perhaps we see in the species called polymorphic.
Their topics include the equipment and methods for their experimentation, phase transformations in iron and its alloys at high pressure, possible polymorphic transformations in transition metals under pressure, transformation during deformation at high pressure, and hysteresis and kinetics of low-temperature polymorphic transformations under pressure.
We report a patient who had drug-refractory, repetitive polymorphic VTs after myocardial infarction (MI) which could only be managed by radiofrequency ablation (RF) ablation of triggering ventricular premature beats (VPCs).
Studies with molecular markers have made significant contributions to our understanding of genetic diversity; when compared with other types of markers, they present a greater number of polymorphic loci, which allows distinguishing between accessions that may have similar morphological and agronomical traits (GONCALVES et al.
geometric morphometry and molecular analysis of polymorphic markers.
The rate of polymorphic and fixed SNPs observed in six cattle breeds are summarized in Figure 1a and b.
With that said, the two most prominent dermatoses of pregnancy are pruriticurticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, a condition now known under the umbrella term polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, and pemphigoid gestationis, previously called herpes gestationis.
The recognition of polymorphic forms plays a vital role in the materials sciences because such structures are characterized by different crystal packing and accordingly have different physical properties.
Results of this study suggest that these AFLP markers can be used in the future to enhance current breeding practices in abalone culture because of the large numbers of polymorphic markers.
Because of the conservative culture of the region, Nemec says the main threat in the Middle East comes from the polymorphic virus.
EncryptStick is the only data protection solution available today using a 512-bit polymorphic encryption, the world's strongest encryption technology available to consumers, which has never been broken or successfully hacked.
All fish were screened for two polymorphic protein-coding muscle loci: malate dehydrogenase (sMDH-3) and general muscle protein (PROT-3).