Definition of polymorph in English:


Line breaks: poly|morph
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪmɔːf


  • 1An organism or inorganic object or material which takes various forms.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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