pleomorphic 1886, from pleo-, from Gk. pleio-, comb. form of pleon "more," comparative of polys "much," from PIE *ple- (see POLY- (Cf. poly-)) + -morphe "form" (see MORPHEUS (Cf. Morpheus)).

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  • Pleomorphic — Ple o*mor phic, a. Pertaining to pleomorphism; as, the pleomorphic character of bacteria. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pleomorphic — Many formed. A tumor may be pleomorphic. Pleomorphic is synonymous with protean (capable of assuming different shapes like the many formed Greek god Proteus). * * * 1. SYN: polymorphic. 2. Among fungi, having two or more spore forms; also used to …   Medical dictionary

  • pleomorphic — adjective Date: 1886 able to assume different forms ; polymorphic < pleomorphic bacteria > < a pleomorphic sarcoma > • pleomorphism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pleomorphic — variable in size and shape …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pleomorphic — adj. [Gr. pleion, more; morphe, form] Having the ability to change shape; polymorphic, or a type of polymorphism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pleomorphic — (ple o mor fik) Refers to bacteria that are variable in shape and lack a single, characteristic form …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • pleomorphic — /plee euh mawr fik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characterized by pleomorphism; polymorphous. Also, pleomorphous. [1885 90; PLEOMORPH(ISM) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • pleomorphic — adjective of, related to, or exhibiting pleomorphism …   Wiktionary

  • pleomorphic — adj. having many shapes, having many forms …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pleomorphic — ple·o·mor·phic …   English syllables

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