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polymorph Line breaks: poly|morph
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪmɔːf/

Definition of polymorph in English:


1An organism or inorganic object or material which takes various forms.
Example sentences
  • Complexity in colonial organisms is often equated with the degree of integration in polymorphs.
  • The skeletal morphology of monticular zooids in H. portelli suggests that specialized male polymorphs may not have evolved by Late Eocene times.
  • Cavansite was first discovered with its polymorph pentagonite in Oregon but only in small quantities of microscopic crystals.
1.1 Physiology A polymorphonuclear leucocyte.
Example sentences
  • There are two main groups: the type of white blood cells known as polymorphs (polymorphonuclear leucocytes - those with multi-lobed nuclei); and macrophages that derive from the monocytes in the blood.
  • Neutrophil polymorphs were only occasionally present.
  • The microscopy of genital swabs for polymorphs has shown that higher cell counts per high power field are directly proportional to the positivity rate for C. trachomatis.


Early 19th century: from Greek polumorphos, from polu- 'many' + morphē 'form'.

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