Polymorphism

Pol`y*mor"phism

(?), n. 1. (Crystallog.) Same as Pleomorphism.
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2. (Biol.) (a) The capability of assuming different forms; the capability of widely varying in form. (b) Existence in many forms; the coexistence, in the same locality, of two or more distinct forms independent of sex, not connected by intermediate gradations, but produced from common parents.
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Pol`y*mor*pho"sis

(?), n. [NL. See Poly-, and Morphosis.] (Zol.) The assumption of several structural forms without a corresponding difference in function; -- said of sponges, etc.
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