from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An individual with a robust, muscular body build caused by the predominance of structures developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer.

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  • noun A person with pronounced muscular development and low body fat.
  • noun bodybuilding : Theoretical body type in which a person naturally has lower body fat and greater ability to achieve muscular development than average.

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  • noun a person with a well-developed muscular body


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

[meso(derm) + –morph.]

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Derived from mesoderm +‎ -morph from William Herbert Sheldon.


  • Otherwise you're just another crude mesomorph leaning up against the singles bar of evolution, his big grubby paw in the pretzels.

    My Brain is a Pre-Historic Babe Magnet

  • Throughout her life, Oprah rejected her mesomorph shaped body and revered the gods and goddesses of thinness, committing herself to battle with her hunger and her body.

    The Dieting Dilemma: Oprah Finally Gets It

  • He wanted the body of a muscular mesomorph with wide shoulders and narrow waist but his six foot four inch bony frame had an ectomorphic musculature and no amount of pumping iron would bulk up his long thin limbs.

    Unfit III

  • His body was that of a mesomorph or modern sprinter.

    A request for information | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • MC: I would have said something quite different, but along the same lines: that it would be fairly easy provided developers' consciences were sufficiently raised to design a game that does _not_ promote self-hatred and the worship of a narrow band of mesomorph/fashion-model/superstar-athlete characteristics, but instead actively promotes notions of healthy diversity in human appearance and potentials.

    Ask Not What Educational Games Your Country Can Design for You...

  • The movie has long been one of my favorites those colors! and it's a kick to see Steve McQueen playing earnest, before the cult of cool swallowed him up like the eponymous mesomorph.

    The Blob @ 50

  • Do you think he favored ectomorphs for “fun,” but for marriage and having children he would have gone for a mesomorph, or even an endomorph?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » I Am Apparently a 95% Feminist,

  • None of them have the V-shaped, bodybuilder, mesomorph body type.

    Why I Don’t Call Myself An Equalist

  • From the lists, we see the V-shaped, bodybuilder, mesomorph body type is out of style.

    Why I Don’t Call Myself An Equalist

  • Frankly I haven't been this viscerally excited about a fight since Bill Goldberg challenged The Rock to a brawl determining who was dominate mesomorph of the Universe.

    The Chimes at Midnight


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  • This is what I'd like to be instead of an endomorph.

    April 9, 2007