Definition of neomorphism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnɪəˈmɔːfɪz(ə)m/


  • 1Biology
    The evolutionary process that gives rise to a new anatomical structure or feature; the development of a neomorph; an instance of this.

  • 2Genetics
    The property of being a neomorph.

  • 3Geology
    The diagenetic transformation of a mineral which results in its replacement by new crystals of the same mineral or of a polymorph.

    Chiefly with reference to the changes which occur in carbonate sediments, involving calcite and related minerals.


Late 19th century. From neo- + -morphism.