Definition of Pleomorphism

1. Noun. (chemistry) the existence of different kinds of crystal of the same chemical compound.

Exact synonyms: Polymorphism
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Chemical Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Dimorphism
Derivative terms: Pleomorphic, Polymorphic, Polymorphous



2. Noun. (biology) the appearance of two or more distinctly different forms in the life cycle of some organisms.
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Organic Phenomenon
Derivative terms: Pleomorphic

Definition of Pleomorphism

1. n. The property of crystallizing under two or more distinct fundamental forms, including dimorphism and trimorphism.

Definition of Pleomorphism

1. Noun. (biology) the occurrence of multiple structural forms during the life cycle of an organism ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry) polymorphism ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pleomorphism

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Medical Definition of Pleomorphism

1. Having different forms at different stages of the life cycle. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pleomorphism

pleo-
pleochroic
pleochroic halo
pleochroism
pleochroisms
pleochromatic
pleochromatism
pleocytosis
pleomastia
pleomorphic
pleomorphic adenoma
pleomorphic lipoma
pleomorphic oligodendroglioma
pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma
pleomorphic rhabdosarcoma
pleomorphism (current term)
pleomorphisms
pleomorphous
pleon
pleonal
pleonasm
pleonasms
pleonast
pleonaste
pleonastes
pleonastic
pleonastically
pleonasts
pleonectic
pleonexia

Literary usage of Pleomorphism

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1. Bacteria and Their Products by German Sims Woodhead (1891)
"... observations on pleomorphism or Polymorphism—Burdon Sanderson, Hoffman, and others, state that there ..."

2. The Physiology of the Invertebrata by Arthur Bower Griffiths (1892)
"In addition it may be remarked that pleomorphism is entirely opposite to the Darwinian law, but abiogenesis (as already stated at the commencement of the ..."

3. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by William Dodge Frost, Eugene Franklin McCampbell (1910)
"Further description of the Tricho- bacteria will be given in connection with the chapter on classification. Involution Forms and pleomorphism. ..."

4. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by William Dodge Frost, Eugene Franklin McCampbell (1910)
"Further description of the Tricho- bacteria will be given in connection with the chapter on classification. Involution Forms and pleomorphism. ..."

5. Public Health Papers and Reports by American Public Health Association (1903)
"The question of the occurrence of pleomorphism in bacteria is an important one. By pleomorphism is not meant the variations in form which bacteria show when ..."

6. The Journal of Infectious Diseases by Infectious Diseases Society of America, John Rockefeller McCormick Memorial Fund, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases (1915)
"pleomorphism. — The first feature has been entirely ignored in all American ... strains have demonstrated that pleomorphism is a characteristic feature of ..."

7. A Text-book of Mineralogy: With an Extended Treatise on Crystallography and by Edward Salisbury Dana, James Dwight Dana (1877)
"An example of pleomorphism is given by the compound calcium carbonate (CaCO3), ... The explanation of the phenomenon of pleomorphism in this case—and an ..."

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