pleomorphic

adjective
pleo·​mor·​phic | \ ˌplē-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce pleomorphic (audio) \

Definition of pleomorphic

: able to assume different forms : polymorphic pleomorphic bacteria a pleomorphic sarcoma

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pleomorphism \ ˌplē-​ə-​ˈmȯr-​ˌfi-​zəm How to pronounce pleomorphism (audio) \ noun

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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, "Most of her sarcoma tumors melted away with this clinical trial treatment," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of pleomorphic

1886, in the meaning defined above

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pleomorphic

adjective
pleo·​mor·​phic | \ ˌplē-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce pleomorphic (audio) \
variants: also pleiomorphic \ ˌplī-​ə-​ How to pronounce pleiomorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of pleomorphic

: able to assume different forms : polymorphic pleomorphic bacteria a benign pleomorphic salivary adenoma of mixed cell type

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