Chimera definition

kī-mîrə, kĭ-
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An individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
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A fanciful mental illusion or fabrication.
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The definition of chimera is a fire-breathing female monster in Greek myths with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent.

A female monster in Greek myths is an example of chimera.

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A substance, such as an antibody, created from the proteins or genes of two different species.
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(greek mythology) A fire-breathing female monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent.
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An imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts.
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(gr. myth., proper) A fire-breathing monster, usually represented as having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
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Any similar fabulous monster.
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An impossible or foolish fancy.
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(biol.) An organism having two or more genetically distinct types of cells due to mutation, grafting, etc.
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An individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue.
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An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.
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A gene or protein consisting of parts from two different genes or proteins that are normally distinct, sometimes derived from two different species.
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(mythology) Chimera, or any fantastic creature with parts from different animals.
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A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.
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(genetics) An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes.
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(architecture) A grotesque, like a gargoyle but without a spout for rainwater.
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(usually chimaera) A cartilaginous marine fish in the subclass Holocephali and especially the order Chimaeriformes, with a blunt snout, long tail, and a spine before the first dorsal fin.
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(Greek mythology) One of the many fantastical offspring of Typhon and Echidna, a multi-headed monster represented as vomiting flames. It had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and a dragon for a tail. Killed by the hero Bellerophon in Lycea.
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An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of chimera - chimra, chimaera

Other Word Forms

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Singular:
chimera
Plural:
chimeras

Origin of chimera

  • Middle English chimere Chimera from Old French from Latin chimaera from Greek khimaira female goat, Chimera ghei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French chimere, from Latin chimaera, from Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (khimaira). The fabulous monster in Lycia (with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail), supposedly personification of snow or winter, originally "year-old she-goat", from χεῖμα (kheima, “winter season”). Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek Χίμαιρα (Khimaira).

    From Wiktionary