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heteromorphic

, heteromorphous Biology
1. differing from the normal form in size, shape, and function
2. (of pairs of homologous chromosomes) differing from each other in size or form
3. (esp of insects) having different forms at different stages of the life cycle

heteromorphic

[¦hed·ə·rō′mȯr·fik]
(cell and molecular biology)
Having synoptic or sex chromosomes that differ in size or form.
(medicine)
Differing from the normal in size or morphology.
(zoology)
Having a different form at each stage of the life history.
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The occurrence and functional characteristics of heteromorph antennules in an experimental population of spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus.
According to Tinn & Meidla (2003), the A-3 stage in early Middle Ordovician ctenonotellids (Brezelina paimata) and tetradellids (Ogmoopsis bocki) marks the first appearance of dimorphic admarginal structures (distinction of pre-adult heteromorphs possible for the first time).