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tri·mor·phic

 (trī-môr′fĭk) also tri·mor·phous (-fəs)
adj.
1. Biology Having or occurring in three differing forms.
2. Chemistry Crystallizing in three distinct forms.

tri·mor′phi·cal·ly adv.
tri·mor′phism n.

trimorphism

(traɪˈmɔːfɪzəm)
n
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

trimorphism

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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The 2 researchers suggested that this female trimorphism was an adaptation to exploit 3 spatial levels of host distribution (Freeman & Ittyeipe 1982).