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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.


(ˌpɒlɪˈmɔːfəs) or


1. having, taking, or passing through many different forms or stages
2. (Chemistry) (of a substance) exhibiting polymorphism
3. (Biology) (of an animal or plant) displaying or undergoing polymorphism


(ˌpɒl iˈmɔr fəs)

having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like; polymorphic.
[1775–85; < Greek polýmorphos multiform. See poly-, -morphous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polymorphous - 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.polymorphous - 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.polymorphous - 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


Biology. Consisting of a number of different kinds:
Biology: polymorphic.
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