170. Form


allomerism
variability of a chemical compound in which there is no variation in crystalline form. — allomeric, adj.
amorphism
the quality of being shapeless. Also, Rare. amorphy . — amorphic, adj.
anamorphism
a distorted image of an object, as in anamorphic art. Also anamorphosis . — anamorphic, adj.
anamorphoscope
a cylindrical mirror for correcting the distorted image created by anamorphism.
anamorphosis, anamorphosy
anamorphism.
decussation
the state of being in the form of an X. See also 230. JOINING .
geomorphology
Physical Geography. the study of the characteristics, origins, and development of land forms. — geomorphologist, n. geomorphologic, geomorphological, adj.
gibbosity
the state or condition of being curved, especially convexly. — gibbous, adj.
hemitery
any minor malformation.
heteromorphism, heteromorphy
1 . the quality of differing in form from the standard or norm.
2 . the condition of existing in different forms at different stages of development, as certain insects. — heteromorphic, adj.
idiomorphism
the state or quality of having a peculiar or characteristic form; uniqueness or individuality in form. — idiomorphic, adj.
incorporealism
the state of having no material body or form. — incorporeity, n.
morphogenesis
the origin(s) of the various aspects of the form of an organism. Also called morphogeny . — morphogenetic, adj.
morphography
the scientific description of form. — morphographer, n. morphographic, adj.
morphology
1 . the study of the form or structure of anything.
2 . the branch of biology that studies the form and structure of plants and animals. See also geomorphology. — morphologist, n. morphologic, morphological, adj.
morphometry
the process or technique of measuring the external form of an object. — morphometrical, adj.
morphonomy
the study of the laws governing form in nature. — morphonomic, adj.
morphophyly
the study of the phylogeny of forms.
omniformity
the state or quality of having every form. — omniform, adj.
orthogonality
the state or quality of being right-angled or perpendicular. — orthogonal, adj.
palingenesis
1 . the phase in the development of an organism in which its form and structure pass through the changes undergone in the evolution of the species.
2 . the morphological and structural changes that occur during insect development. Also palingenesia, palingenesy. palingenetic, adj.
promorphology
the branch of morphology that studies the forms of organisms from a mathematical point of view. — promorphologist, n. promorphological adj.
schematism
the form, disposition, or outline of a thing or concept. — schematist, n.
tectology
a branch of morphology that regards an organism as made up of other organisms. — tectological, adj.
tetramorphism
the property of displaying four different forms. — tetramorph, n. tetramorphic, adj.
trimorphism
the state or quality of occurring in three distinct forms, usually at different stages of development, as certain plants, organisms, etc. — trimorphic, trimorphous, adj.

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