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polymorph

Syllabification: pol·y·morph
Pronunciation: /ˈpälēˌmôrf
 
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Definition of polymorph in English:

noun

1An organism or inorganic object or material that 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 leukocyte.
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.

Origin

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

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