Definition of merism in English:

merism

Pronunciation /ˈmɛrɪz(ə)m/

noun

  • 1Biology
    The repetition of similar parts, units, or segments within the structure of an organism.

  • 2Rhetoric
    = merismus .

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Bateson (1861–1926), biologist. From ancient Greek μερισμός division. Compare -merism, and earlier merismus.