dimorphism

noun di·mor·phism \ -ˌfi-zəm \

Definition of dimorphism

:the condition or property of being dimorphic or dimorphous: such as
a :the existence of two different forms (as of color or size) of a species especially in the same population
  • sexual dimorphism
b :the existence of a part (such as leaves of a plant) in two different forms

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First Known Use of dimorphism

1832


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dimorphism

noun di·mor·phism \ -ˌfiz-əm \

medical Definition of dimorphism

:the condition or property of being dimorphic or dimorphous: as
a (1) :the existence of two different forms (as of color or size) of a species especially in the same population
(2) :the existence of an organ in two different forms
b :crystallization of a chemical compound in two different forms

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