heteromorphic

adjective het·ero·mor·phic \ ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈmȯr-fik \

Definition of heteromorphic

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

heteromorphism

play \ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈmȯr-ˌfi-zəm\ noun

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heteromorphic

adjective het·ero·mor·phic \ -ˈmȯr-fik \
variants: also heteromorphous play \-fəs\

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 pair
  • heteromorphic bivalents
— compare homomorphic 2

heteromorphism

play \-ˌfiz-əm\ noun

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