Definitions for dimorphismdaɪˈmɔr fɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•mor•phismdaɪˈmɔr fɪz əm(n.)

  1. the occurrence of two forms distinct in structure, coloration, etc., among animals of the same species.

    Category: Zoology

  2. the occurrence of two different forms of flowers, leaves, etc., on the same plant or on different plants of the same species.

    Category: Botany

  3. the property of some substances of crystallizing in two chemically identical but crystallographically distinct forms.

    Category: Crystallography

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dimorphism(noun)

    (chemistry) the property of certain substances that enables them to exist in two distinct crystalline forms

  2. dimorphism(noun)

    (biology) the existence of two forms of individual within the same animal species (independent of sex differences)


  1. dimorphism(Noun)

    The occurrence within a plant of two distinct forms of any part.

  2. dimorphism(Noun)

    The occurrence in an animal species of two distinct types of individual.

  3. dimorphism(Noun)

    A property of certain substances that enables them to exist in two distinct crystalline forms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dimorphism(noun)

    difference of form between members of the same species, as when a plant has two kinds of flowers, both hermaphrodite (as in the partridge berry), or when there are two forms of one or both sexes of the same species of butterfly

  2. Dimorphism(noun)

    crystallization in two independent forms of the same chemical compound, as of calcium carbonate as calcite and aragonite


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