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mesomorph Line breaks: meso|morph
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsə(ʊ)mɔːf/
/ˈmɛzə(ʊ)mɔːf/ /ˈmiːsə(ʊ)mɔːf/ /ˈmiːzə(ʊ)mɔːf/

Definition of mesomorph in English:


A person whose build is compact and muscular. Compare with ectomorph and endomorph.
Example sentences
  • There are many more ectomorphs (naturally thin people) and endomorphs (naturally chubby people) than mesomorphs (naturally muscular people), and it's difficult to overcome genetic limitations.
  • People are ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph.
  • Somatotyping There are three widely accepted physique categories called somatotypes: endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph.


Pronunciation: /ˌmɛsə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪk/
Example sentences
  • Some categorize body type as ‘ectomorphic, endomorphic or mesomorphic (muscular).’
  • 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, but the levels of ectomorphy were the same between the females and males.


1920s: meso- from mesodermal (being the layer of the embryo giving rise to physical characteristics which predominate) + -morph.

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