polymorphism

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noun poly·mor·phism \ˌpä-lē-ˈmȯr-ˌfi-zəm\

Definition of polymorphism

  1. :  the quality or state of existing in or assuming different forms: such asa (1) :  existence of a species in several forms independent of the variations of sex (2) :  existence of a gene in several allelic forms; also :  a variation in a specific DNA sequence (3) :  existence of a molecule (such as an enzyme) in several forms in a single speciesb :  the property of crystallizing in two or more forms with distinct structure

polymorphic

play \-fik\ adjective

polymorphically

play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of polymorphism

1839


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polymorphism

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noun poly·mor·phism \ˌpäl-i-ˈmȯr-ˌfiz-əm\

Medical Definition of polymorphism

  1. :  the quality or state of existing in or assuming different forms: asa (1):  existence of a species in several forms independent of the variations of sex (2):  existence of a gene in several allelic forms; also :  a variation in a specific sequence of DNA (3):  existence of a molecule (as an enzyme) in several forms in a single speciesb:  the property of crystallizing in two or more forms with distinct structure


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