Definition of polymorph in English:

polymorph

noun

  • 1An organism or inorganic object or material which takes various forms.

    • ‘Immediately after suspension of the lipid film in buffer these samples contain cholesterol crystals at 25 deg C, largely in the form of the low temperature polymorph of anhydrous cholesterol.’
    • ‘Furthermore, an x-ray powder diffraction pattern obtained from early-formed filamentous crystallites of cholesterol in bile solution has been interpreted as possibly depicting an unknown crystalline polymorph of cholesterol.’
    • ‘The skeletal morphology of monticular zooids in H. portelli suggests that specialized male polymorphs may not have evolved by Late Eocene times.’
    • ‘Complexity in colonial organisms is often equated with the degree of integration in polymorphs.’
    • ‘Cavansite was first discovered with its polymorph pentagonite in Oregon but only in small quantities of microscopic crystals.’
    1. 1.1Physiology A polymorphonuclear leucocyte.
      • ‘There are two main groups: the type of white blood cells known as polymorphs (polymorphonuclear leucocytes - those with multi-lobed nuclei); and macrophages that derive from the monocytes in the blood.’
      • ‘The diagnosis of acute inflammation was based on the finding of collections of extravascular polymorphs in the epithelium, lamina propria, or muscular layers.’
      • ‘Urethritis is confirmed if the urethral smear shows five or more polymorphs per high power field.’
      • ‘Neutrophil polymorphs were only occasionally present.’
      • ‘The microscopy of genital swabs for polymorphs has shown that higher cell counts per high power field are directly proportional to the positivity rate for C. trachomatis.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek polumorphos, from polu- ‘many’ + morphē ‘form’.

Pronunciation

polymorph

/ˈpɒlɪmɔːf/