heteromorphic

adjective
het·​ero·​mor·​phic | \ ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce heteromorphic (audio) \

Definition of heteromorphic

1 : deviating from the usual form
2 : exhibiting diversity of form or forms heteromorphic pairs of chromosomes

Other Words from heteromorphic

heteromorphism \ ˌhe-​tə-​rə-​ˈmȯr-​ˌfi-​zəm How to pronounce heteromorphic (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of heteromorphic

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heteromorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteromorphic. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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heteromorphic

adjective
het·​ero·​mor·​phic | \ -ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce heteromorphic (audio) \
variants: also heteromorphous \ -​fəs How to pronounce heteromorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of heteromorphic

1 : deviating from the usual form
2 : unlike in form or size used specifically of synaptic chromosomes the X and Y chromosomes constitute a heteromorphic pairheteromorphic bivalents — compare homomorphic sense 2

Other Words from heteromorphic

heteromorphism \ -​ˌfiz-​əm How to pronounce heteromorphic (audio) \ noun

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