Heteromorphic Het`er*o*mor"phic, a. [Hetero- + Gr. morfh` form.] (Biol.) Deviating from the normal, perfect, or mature form; having different forms at different stages of existence, or in different individuals of the same species; -- applied especially to insects in which there is a wide difference of form between the larva and the adult, and to plants having more than one form of flower.

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  • heteromorphic — having different or dissimilar forms, 1864; from HETERO (Cf. hetero ) + Gk. morphe form (see MORPHEUS (Cf. Morpheus)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • heteromorphic — [het΄ər ōmôr′fik] adj. [ HETERO + MORPHIC] 1. differing from the standard type or form 2. exhibiting different forms at various stages of development, as insects in the larval and pupal stages do: Also heteromorphous heteromorphism n …   English World dictionary

  • heteromorphic — het·ero·mor·phic mȯr fik also het·ero·mor·phous fəs adj 1) deviating from the usual form 2) unlike in form or size used specif. of synaptic chromosomes <the X and Y chromosomes constitute a heteromorphic pair>{{}}<heteromorphic… …   Medical dictionary

  • heteromorphic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1859 1. deviating from the usual form 2. exhibiting diversity of form or forms < heteromorphic pairs of chromosomes > • heteromorphism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • heteromorphic — adj. [Gr. heteros, different; morphe, form] 1. Deviating from the normal form. 2. At different life stages progressing to another form; heteromorphous. 3. Homologous chromosomes differing in size or form …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • heteromorphic — heteromorphism, heteromorphy, n. /het euhr euh mawr fik/, adj. 1. Biol. dissimilar in shape, structure, or magnitude. 2. Entomol. undergoing complete metamorphosis; possessing varying forms. [1860 65; HETERO + MORPHIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • heteromorphic — adjective a) Having different forms in different stages of the life cycle b) Differing in size or structure from the normal …   Wiktionary

  • heteromorphic — adj. having different forms (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • heteromorphic — [ˌhɛt(ə)rə(ʊ) mɔ:fɪk] adjective Biology occurring in two or more different forms, especially at different stages in the life cycle. Derivatives heteromorph noun heteromorphism noun heteromorphy noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • heteromorphic — het·er·o·mor·phic …   English syllables

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