pleomorphism

SYN: polymorphism. [pleo- + G. morphe, form]

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pleo·mor·phism .plē-ə-'mȯr-.fiz-əm n the quality or state of having or assuming various forms: POLYMORPHISM

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n.
the condition in which an individual assumes a number of different forms during its life cycle. The malarial parasite (Plasmodium) displays pleomorphism.

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pleo·mor·phism (ple″o-morґfiz-əm) [pleo- + morph- + -ia] 1. the assumption of various distinct forms by a single organism or species. in 2. cytomorphology, variation in the size and shape of cells or nuclei. 3. the property of crystallizing in two forms.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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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 — 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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