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dimorphism

Pronunciation: di-mor'fizm

Definition:

  1. Existence in two shapes or forms; denoting a difference of crystalline form exhibited by the same substance, or a difference in form or outward appearance between individuals of the same species (sexual dimorphism).
  2. The occurrence in plants of two distinct forms of leaves or other parts in the same individual plant.

[G. di-, two, + morphe, shape]

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