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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