pleomorphic

adjective

pleo·​mor·​phic ˌplē-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce pleomorphic (audio)
: able to assume different forms : polymorphic
pleomorphic bacteria
a pleomorphic sarcoma
pleomorphism noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What Wolf had was a Stage 3b pleomorphic leiomyosarcoma. AZCentral.com, 21 Aug. 2022 In addition, Richard Brown, who was maitre d' and the public face of the restaurant, has been diagnosed with a rare cancer, undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, 27 Mar. 2020 In their early stages, some liposarcomas can be successfully treated with surgery, although other types can be more aggressive, such as round-cell and pleomorphic liposarcoma. Julie Landry Laviolette, miamiherald, 23 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pleomorphic was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Pleomorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleomorphic. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

pleomorphic

adjective
pleo·​mor·​phic ˌplē-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce pleomorphic (audio)
variants also pleiomorphic
: able to assume different forms : polymorphic
pleomorphic bacteria
a benign pleomorphic salivary adenoma of mixed cell type
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