Coming in various different forms, e.g. the caterpillar and the butterfly are different forms of one polymorphic insect.
several forms especially color in the larva
Having several to many (more than three) different shapes and/or sizes within the same species.
a. (Gr. polys, many; morphe, shape) having, assuming, or occurring in various forms, characters, or styles.
appearing in different forms.
Having many forms; a gene with multiple alleles would be polymorphic.
relating to the occurrence of more than one kind of individual (independent of sexual differences) in an interbreeding population; "a polymorphic species"
"takes on many forms"; the ability of an object to have many identities based on inheritance, interfaces, and overloaded methods; the property that an operation may behave differently on different classes
Having different forms among the organisms of a single species, independent of sexual variations.
A species with more than one form or morph. In Lepidoptera most often applied to color varieties of a given species which are usually seasonal in nature. Hemaris diffinis is a polymorphic species having many seasonal forms.
The ability of a solid material to exist in more than one form or crystal structure.
Having many shapes or forms; more generally, able to appear in various ways. These are its topographical possibilities.
Having more than one form (e.g., polymorphic gene loci have more than one allele).
having more than two distinct morphological variants.
Presence of several common, alternate forms of a genetic characteristic in a population.
having two or more genetically different classes in the same interbreeding population
(Pah-lee- mor-fic): having more than two distinct forms.
Literally meaning having more than one form. In terms of genes it means that there are several variants (alleles) of a particular gene that occur simultaneously in a population.
Refers to a locus that is represented by a number of different alleles or haplotypes in the population as a whole.
"many forms." A species is polymorphic if its individuals can be divided into two or more easily recognized groups, based on structure, color, or other similar characteristics. The term only applies when the distinct groups can be found in the same area; graded or clinal variation throughout the range of a species (e.g. a north-to-south decrease in size) is not polymorphism. Polymorphic characteristics may be inherited because the differences have a genetic basis, or they may be the result of environmental influences. We do not consider sexual differences (i.e. sexual dimorphism), seasonal changes (e.g. change in fur color), or age-related changes to be polymorphic. See also: sexual dimorphism
A term formulated by population geneticists to describe loci at which there are two or more alleles that are each present at a frequency of at least one percent in a population of animals. The term has been co-opted for use in transmission genetics to describe any locus at which at least two alleles are available for use in breeding studies, irrespective of their actual frequencies in natural populations.
occurring in a number of forms. The term is generally used to describe two or more different forms appearing within an interbreeding population or subspecies. It is often used in the description of outward appearance, i.e fur coloration, but can also be used to describe genetic differences.
Presenting many forms. 169
Of many forms, varieties, or species.
a locus with a different allele that occurs at a frequency of more than 5%. i.e., cannot be maintained by mutation