Many-formed. A tumor may be pleomorphic. Pleomorphic is synonymous with protean (capable of assuming different shapes like the many-formed Greek god Proteus).
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1. SYN: polymorphic. 2. Among fungi, having two or more spore forms; also used to describe a sterile mutant dermatophyte resulting from degenerative changes in culture.

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pleo·mor·phic .plē-ə-'mȯr-fik also pleio·mor·phic .plī-ə- adj able to assume different forms: POLYMORPHIC <\pleomorphic bacteria> <a \pleomorphic sarcoma>

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pleo·mor·phic (ple″o-morґfik) occurring in various distinct forms; exhibiting pleomorphism.

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  • Pleomorphic — Ple o*mor phic, a. Pertaining to pleomorphism; as, the pleomorphic character of bacteria. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pleomorphic — 1886, from pleo , from Gk. pleio , comb. form of pleon more, comparative of polys much, from PIE *ple (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + morphe form (see MORPHEUS (Cf. Morpheus)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pleomorphic — adjective Date: 1886 able to assume different forms ; polymorphic < pleomorphic bacteria > < a pleomorphic sarcoma > • pleomorphism noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pleomorphic — variable in size and shape …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pleomorphic — adj. [Gr. pleion, more; morphe, form] Having the ability to change shape; polymorphic, or a type of polymorphism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pleomorphic — (ple o mor fik) Refers to bacteria that are variable in shape and lack a single, characteristic form …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • pleomorphic — /plee euh mawr fik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characterized by pleomorphism; polymorphous. Also, pleomorphous. [1885 90; PLEOMORPH(ISM) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • pleomorphic — adjective of, related to, or exhibiting pleomorphism …   Wiktionary

  • pleomorphic — adj. having many shapes, having many forms …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pleomorphic — ple·o·mor·phic …   English syllables

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