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[het-er-uh-mawr-fik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈmɔr fɪk/

Biology. dissimilar in shape, structure, or magnitude.
Entomology. undergoing complete metamorphosis; possessing varying forms.
adjective (biology)
differing from the normal form in size, shape, and function
(of pairs of homologous chromosomes) differing from each other in size or form
(esp of insects) having different forms at different stages of the life cycle

“having different or dissimilar forms,” 1864; from hetero- + Greek morphe “form” (see Morpheus).


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