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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: tip


  1. The usual form, or a composite form, that all others of the class resemble more or less closely; a model, denoting especially a disease or a symptom complex giving the stamp or characteristic to a class.
  2. In chemistry, a substance in which the arrangement of the atoms in a molecule may be taken as representative of other substances in that class.
  3. A specific variation of a structure.

Synonym(s): typusTA, variation2

[G. typos, a mark, a model]

See Also: constitution, habitus, personality

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