Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being heteromorphic; deviation from a type or norm, or from congruity. Specifically— In entomology, existence under different forms at successive stages of development: the result of transformation or metaboly. Thus, an insect exhibits heteromorphism when it is a pupa or larva, before it becomes an imago.
- n. In biology, the property of replacing lost parts by new parts which are different from those that have been lost. See heteromorphosis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) The state or quality of being heteromorphic.
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