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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.
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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
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(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.
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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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Examination of Table V shows that the average values of mesomorphic and endomorphic components (components related to the total muscle and bone mass) are statistically significantly higher with the handball than those of football and basketball players (p<0.001).
Elsewhere, in Earth and Will, he says, "It seems indispensable from the viewpoint of material imagination of the elements to study mesomorphic reverie, intermediate between water and earth" (Bachelard 2002, 56), or, "Perfect earth [pate] is thus the basic material element of materialism, as the perfect solid is the basic formal element of geometry" (Bachelard 2002, 61).
They're ectomorphic - characterised by lean, slender bodies and not the muscular, mesomorphic builds common in the 70s and 80s.
"Modern players are ectomorphic, characterised by a lean, slender body, as opposed to the muscular, mesomorphic builds which were more common in the seventies and eighties.
2a were decomposed into specific contributions from [gamma]-, mesomorphic, and amorphous phases, see the representative fitting in Fig.
Females showed a large dispersion, predominating the mesomorphic endomorph (15%), balanced mesomorph (15%) and ectomorphic endomorph (15%) categories, while in males, the ectomorphic mesomorph category was predominant (50%).
From the cross-section of leaf was found to be bifacial, amphistomatic and mesomorphic. The upper and lower epidermises are composed of single-layered, rectangular-rounded cells.
Mesomorph endomorph somatotype was found in 28 participants, central somatotype was found in 23 participants, balanced mesomorph somatotype was found in 18 participants, mesomorphic endomorph somatotype was found in 12 and balanced endomorph somatotype was found in nine participants.
Moreover, these new complexes have mesomorphic properties and exhibit a columnar mesophase over a large temperature range, more than 100[degrees]C, as shown by DSC.
Zheleznov, "Synthesis and specific features of mesomorphic behavior of new polysubstituted triphenylenes," Russian Chemical Bulletin, vol.
The patient was of short stature (117.5 cm), mesomorphic (in proportion to her height, weighing 28 kg) and had a relatively narrow thorax (figure 1A).