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dimorphism

 [di-mor´fizm]
the quality of existing in two distinct forms. adj., adj dimor´phic, dimor´phous.
sexual dimorphism physical or behavioral differences associated with sex.
having some properties of both sexes, as in the early embryo and in some hermaphrodites.

di·mor·phism

(dī-mōr'fizm),
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 (for example, sexual dimorphism).
2. The occurrence in plants of two distinct forms of leaves or other parts in the same individual plant.
[G. di-, two, + morphē, shape]

dimorphism

/di·mor·phism/ (di-mor´fizm) the quality of existing in two distinct forms.dimor´phicdimor´phous
sexual dimorphism 
1. physical or behavioral differences associated with sex.
2. having some properties of both sexes, as in the early embryo and in some hermaphrodites.

dimorphism

(dī-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. Biology The existence among animals of the same species of two distinct forms that differ in one or more characteristics, such as coloration, size, or shape.
2. Botany The occurrence of two distinct forms of the same parts in one plant, as in the juvenile and adult leaves of ivy.
3. Chemistry & Physics Dimorphic crystallization.

di·mor·phism

(dī-mōr'fizm)
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.
[G. di-, two, + morphē, shape]

dimorphism

the occurrence of an organism in two forms, e.g. the male and the female (see SEXUAL DIMORPHISM). Dimorphism can occur in body form or in colour phases, e.g. the two-spotted ladybird which has a brown form with four red spots, and a red form with two dark spots. See GENETIC POLYMORPHISM.

dimorphism

the quality of existing in two distinct forms.

sexual dimorphism
1. physical or behavioral differences associated with sex; males and females of the same species are different in appearance.
2. having some properties of both sexes, as in the early embryo and in some hermaphrodites.