heteromorphic(redirected from heteromorphy)
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1. Having different forms at different periods of the life cycle, as in stages of insect metamorphosis.
2. Differing from the standard form in size or structure: heteromorphic chromosome pairs.
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- (of an organism) having morphologically different forms in the life history, for example, where there is ALTERNATION OF GENERATIONS.
- (of pairs of homologous chromosomes) differing in size or form.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005