meristic
adjective Etymology: Greek meristos Date: 1894 1. segmental 2. involving modification in number or in geometrical relation of body parts <
meristic variation in petals
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meristically adverb

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  • meristic — [mə ris′tik] adj. Biol. 1. having bilateral or longitudinal symmetry of parts [the meristic higher animals] 2. having regular, equal segmentation [meristic worms] …   English World dictionary

  • meristic — Symmetrical; that which can be divided evenly; denoting bilateral or longitudinal symmetry in the arrangement of parts in one organism. [G. meristikos, suitable for dividing] * * * me·ris·tic mə rist ik adj 1) of, relating to, or divided into… …   Medical dictionary

  • meristic — /məˈrɪstɪk/ (say muh ristik) adjective 1. of or relating to the number of parts of a body: meristic change. 2. divided into segments or parts, as worms. {Greek meristikos fit for dividing} …   Australian English dictionary

  • meristic — pertaining to serially repeated structures, e.g. scales, vertebrae, fin rays, fin spines, other spines, myomeres, photophores, scutes, finlets, branchiostegals, and also to other structures that can be counted, e.g. pyloric caeaca, etc. Also used …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • meristic — /meuh ris tik/, adj. Biol. of, pertaining to, or divided into segments or somites. [1890 95; < Gk meristikós of division. See MERISTEM, IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • meristic — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to meristics. 2. noun A quantitative property of a fish, as studied in meristics …   Wiktionary

  • meristic — me rɪstɪk adj. of an area of dividing cells (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • meristic — me·ris·tic …   English syllables

  • meristic — me•ris•tic [[t]məˈrɪs tɪk[/t]] adj. ent of, pertaining to, or divided into anatomical segments or symmetrical body parts • Etymology: 1890–95; < Gk meristikós …   From formal English to slang

  • meristic — …   Useful english dictionary

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