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chameleon

(kă-mēl'yon),
A fluorescent indicator engineered to bind to specified intracellular locations for investigation of biologic reactions (for example, calcium-mediated signals).

chameleon

lizard member of the genus Chameleo.
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Its in-your-face cursileria, vindicated over and over by Lara, its social and moral transgressions, its conscious and deliberate quest for human pleasure, and the chameleonic nature of its discourse have no doubt fulfilled "a social function of legitimating social differences" (Bourdieu 1984, 7) in an interplay of attitudes and aspirations that can be traced back to the 19th century.
If a right to privacy can hardly be considered a newfound concept, the meanings ascribed to it have long taken on an ever-changing, chameleonic cast.
In the individual tragedy of the chameleonic, hermaphroditic Charles d'Eon the polarities of real and imagined and of male and female are taken to their extreme, resulting in a novel that might well have been written more than two centuries ago.
For a variety of reasons, it could be argued that populism's lack of core values, its chameleonic character, and its self-limiting nature are observations about populism that are not central, or essential, to the concept's definition.
But administering them effectively and responsibly necessitates functions such as "reducing fraud" and "promoting efficiency" in the programs, legitimate objectives that often become chameleonic rationales that ultimately are invoked in the service of illegitimate ends.
Meanwhile, on construction projects throughout the state, threshold inspectors perform their chameleonic duties without any certainty about whom they serve.
It would be nice to think that at least some of that anonymity had to do with his chameleonic ability to morph himself utterly, be he a proper German gentleman (Bent), a snorting hayseed preacher (Cold Comfort Farm), or a calculating monarch (Richard III).
Sophie Ellis Bextor is a disturbingly precocious 18-year-old with the kind of chameleonic voice which constantly surprises.
This was an equal opportunity group, a mixture of white conservatives, suburbanites, African Americans including a couple of staffers at the Post and the chameleonic publisher of the St.
Like most slang, it's best avoided in professional composition because of its chameleonic qualities.
Wilbur Daigh Mills was a chameleonic character, appearing, within limits, to be whatever you wanted to see.
The Supreme Court in Darden firmly rejected the Fourth Circuit's chameleonic rule for interpreting the term "employee.