28 January 2005

Word for the Day

endomorphic · "en-d&-'mor-fik; –do- · adjective
1 : of or relating to the component in W. H. Sheldon's (obsolete) classification of body types that measures the massiveness of the digestive viscera and the body's degree of roundedness and softness
2 : having a heavy rounded body build often with a marked tendency to become fat

- endomor·phy · -fi – · noun
- endomorph · noun · an individual displaying such characteristics

Etymology: [Biol.] endoderm + -morphic; from the predominance in such types of structures developed from the endoderm, q.v.

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