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Polymorphism   [ Botany - Biology  ]

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Adjective: Polymorphic, Polymorphous
 
     
  Having several or many morphological variants.  
     
Literally meaning having an irregular shape or more than one form, colour or size.

In genetics: It denotes the presence of several common, alternate forms of a genetic characteristic in a population. Bearing a highly variable genetic trait  More than one allele at a genetic locus. Contrast with monomorphic.
In taxonomy: It denotes the presence of many forms, varieties, or species. ("a polymorphic species")
In botany: The it denotes the occurrence of more than one kind of organs or parts, for example a plant bearing two or more different forms of leaves, petals etc.
     

 

 

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