Polymorphism meaning

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(biology) The occurrence of more than one form, as several alleles of a particular gene or winged and wingless forms of the same species.
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(chemistry) Crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms.
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(chem., mineralogy) The property of certain substances of crystallizing in two or more different forms or systems.
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(biol.) The condition in which a species has two or more very different morphological forms, as the castes of social insects or the flowers of certain plants.
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(genetics) The presence of phenotypic variation within a single population.
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(biology) The occurrence of more than one form, as several alleles of a particular gene or winged and wingless forms of the same species.
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(chemistry) Crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms.
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The occurrence of more than one form, as several alleles of a particular gene or winged and wingless forms of the same species. In bees, the presence of queen, worker, and drone is an example of polymorphism. Differences between the sexes and between breeds of domesticated animals are not considered examples of polymorphism.
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The crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms. Diamond and graphite, for example, are polymorphs of the element carbon. They both consist entirely of carbon but have different crystal structures and different physical properties.
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Meaning many shapes. In object technology, polymorphism is exhibited when a request (message) produces different results based on the object that it is sent to. For example, the command to show the cursor on screen displays a different icon due to its current location on screen. See object-oriented programming and polymorphic virus.
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The ability to assume different forms or shapes.
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(biology) 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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(computer science) The feature of object-oriented programming pertaining to the dynamic treatment of data elements based on their type, allowing for an instance of a method to have several definitions.
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(mathematics, type theory) The property of certain typed formal systems of allowing for the use of type variables and binders/quantifiers over those type variables; likewise, the property of certain expressions (within such typed formal systems) of making use of at least one such typed variable.
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(crystallography) The ability of a solid material to exist in more than one form or crystal structure; pleomorphism.
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(genetics) The regular existence of two or more different genotypes within a given species or population; also, variability of amino acid sequences within a gene's protein.
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Origin of polymorphism

  • From poly- +"Ž -morphism.

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