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tri·mor·phic(trī-môr′fĭk) also tri·mor·phous (-fəs)
1. Biology Having or occurring in three differing forms.
2. Chemistry Crystallizing in three distinct forms.
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1. (Biology) biology the property exhibited by certain species of having or occurring in three different forms
2. (Geological Science) the property of certain minerals of existing in three crystalline forms
[C19: from Greek trimorphos (from tri- + morphē form) + -ism]
triˈmorphic, triˈmorphous adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
the state or quality of occurring in three distinct forms, usually at different stages of development, as certain plants, organisms, etc. — trimorphic, trimorphous, adj.See also: Form
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