Definition of polysomatic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpɒlɪsəˈmatɪk/


  • 1Geology
    Consisting of more than one grain or more than one mineral.

  • 2Mineralogy
    Belonging to, relating to, or designating a series of minerals composed of the same structurally or chemically distinct layers in different ratios or different sequences.

  • 3Genetics
    Having both polyploid cells and diploid cells (or in general, cells of different ploidy) in the same somatic tissue; (of a cell or nucleus) belonging to such tissue.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Geologist. From poly- + somatic; compare Hellenistic Greek πολυσώματος having many bodies.