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endomorph

Syllabification: en·do·morph
Pronunciation: /ˈendəˌmôrf
 
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Definition of endomorph in English:

noun

1 Physiology A person with a soft round body build and a high proportion of fat tissue. Compare with ectomorph and mesomorph.
Example sentences
  • An endomorph holds most of their weight in their middle.
  • People are ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph.
  • The classic endomorph is an overweight person, of which there are none at the elite level in swimming, and precious few at any level, though I see some at the high school level.
2 Mineralogy A mineral or crystal enclosed within another.
Example sentences
  • The enclosed mineral, by the way, is an endomorph.

Origin

1940s: endo- from endodermal (being the layer of the embryo giving rise to the physical characteristics that predominate) + -morph.

Derivatives

endomorphic

1
Pronunciation: /ˌendəˈmôrfik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Breaking down his client list into three specific body types - ectomorphic, endomorphic and mesomorphic - Isaacson gives the best advice for each category.
  • The female contestants of this sport were more endomorphic and less mesomorphic than the male competitors.
  • These results confirm that there is an early-developing bias against the endomorphic body build, and suggest that young children prefer youthful body builds.

endomorphy

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌmôrfē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Endomorphy was the only variable that differed statistically significantly between the two groups of swimmers.
  • On average, endomorphy was greater in girls than in boys at all ages.

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