from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having different forms at different periods of the life cycle, as in stages of insect metamorphosis.
  • adj. Differing from the standard form in size or structure: heteromorphic chromosome pairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having different forms in different stages of the life cycle
  • adj. Differing in size or structure from the normal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deviating from the normal, perfect, or mature form; having different forms at different stages of existence, or in different individuals of the same species; -- applied especially to insects in which there is a wide difference of form between the larva and the adult, and to plants having more than one form of flower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deviating in form from a given type or standard; of irregular, abnormal, or unusual structure or composition.
  • In entomology, undergoing entire transformation or complete metamorphosis; metabolous; specifically, pertaining to or having the characters of the Heteromorpha or Heteromorphæ.
  • Also heteromorphous.
  • Of or pertaining to heteromorphism, in any sense of that word.


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hetero- + -morphic



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