mesomorphic

adjective

me·​so·​mor·​phic ˌme-zə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce mesomorphic (audio)
ˌmē-,
-sə-
1
: of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon's classification of body types that measures especially the degree of muscularity and bone development
2
: having a husky muscular body build
mesomorphy noun

Example Sentences

the shot put, hammer throw, and other field events for which mesomorphic athletes are well-suited
Recent Examples on the Web This body type is also known as a mesomorphic body shape. Cari Shane, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

mesoderm + -morphic; from the predominance in such types of structures developed from the mesoderm

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mesomorphic was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Mesomorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesomorphic. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

mesomorphic

adjective
me·​so·​mor·​phic ˌmez-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce mesomorphic (audio) ˌmēz- How to pronounce mesomorphic (audio)
ˌmēs-,
ˌmes-
1
also mesomorphous : relating to, existing in, or being an intermediate state (as of a semicrystalline condition characteristic of liquid crystals) compare nematic, smectic
2
a
: of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon's classification of body types that measures especially the degree of muscularity and bone development compare ectomorphic sense 1, endomorphic sense 1
b
: having a husky muscular body build compare ectomorphic sense 2, endomorphic sense 2
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