Pleomorphism Ple`o*mor"phism, n. [Gr. ? more + morfh` form.] 1. (Crystallog.) The property of crystallizing under two or more distinct fundamental forms, including dimorphism and trimorphism. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) The theory that the various genera of bacteria are phases or variations of growth of a number of Protean species, each of which may exhibit, according to undetermined conditions, all or some of the forms characteristic of the different genera and species. [1913 Webster]

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  • pleomorphism — /plee euh mawr fiz euhm/, n. Biol. existence of an organism in two or more distinct forms during the life cycle; polymorphism. Also, pleomorphy. [1860 65; PLEO + MORPH + ISM] * * * ▪ microbiology       the existence of irregular and variant forms …   Universalium

  • pleomorphism — SYN: polymorphism. [pleo + G. morphe, form] * * * pleo·mor·phism .plē ə mȯr .fiz əm n the quality or state of having or assuming various forms: POLYMORPHISM * * * n. the condition in which an individual assumes a number of different forms during …   Medical dictionary

  • pleomorphism — n. 1) the condition in which an individual assumes a number of different forms during its life cycle. The malarial parasite (Plasmodium) displays pleomorphism. 2) a feature of malignant neoplastic cells, which show a marked variation in the… …   The new mediacal dictionary

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  • pleomorphism — noun see pleomorphic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • pleomorphism — noun a) the occurrence of multiple structural forms during the life cycle of an organism b) polymorphism …   Wiktionary

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