paramorphic
Paramorph Par"a*morph, n. [Pref. para- + Gr. morfh` form.] 1. (Min.) A kind of pseudomorph, in which there has been a change of physical characters, by a change in crystal structure without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of aragonite to calcite; called also {allomorph}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Biol.) A taxonomic variant observed within a species, for which a more specific term has not been assigned. [PJC] -- {par`a*mor"phic}, a. -- {par`a*mor"phous}, a. [PJC]


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  • paramorphic — See paramorphism. * * * …   Universalium

  • paramorphic — adjective /pɛɹəˈmɔɹfɪk/ of, relating to, or produced by paramorphism …   Wiktionary

  • paramorphic — para·mor·phic …   English syllables

  • paramorphic — adjective see paramorph …   Useful english dictionary

  • paramorph — paramorphic, paramorphous, adj. /par euh mawrf /, n. Mineral. a pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not in chemical composition. Also called allomorph. [1875 80; PARA 1 + MORPH] * * * …   Universalium

  • paramorphous — See paramorphic. * * * …   Universalium

  • paramorphism — noun a change in the physical structure of a mineral without any chemical change See Also: paramorphic …   Wiktionary

  • paramorph — /ˈpærəmɔf/ (say paruhmawf) noun a pseudomorph formed by a change in crystal structure but not in chemical composition. –paramorphic /pærəˈmɔfɪk/ (say paruh mawfik), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • paramorphism — [par΄ə môr′fiz΄əm] n. [ PARA 1 + MORPH + ISM] the process by which the crystal structure of a mineral changes without an alteration in the chemical composition or external form of the mineral paramorphic adj. paramorphous …   English World dictionary

  • paramorphous — adjective see paramorph * * * paramorphous, a. Min. (pærəˈmɔːfəs) [f. as prec. + ous.] = paramorphic. in Ogilvie …   Useful english dictionary

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