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en·do·morph / ˈendəˌmôrf/ • n. 1. Physiol. a person with a soft round body build and a high proportion of fat tissue. Compare with ectomorph and mesomorph. 2. Mineralogy a mineral or crystal enclosed within another. DERIVATIVES: en·do·mor·phic / ˌendəˈmôrfik/ adj. en·do·mor·phy / -ˌmôrfē/ n.

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ec·to·morph / ˈektəˌmôrf/ • n. Physiol. a person with a lean and delicate body build. Compare with endomorph and mesomorph. DERIVATIVES: ec·to·mor·phic / ˌektəˈmôrfik/ adj. ec·to·morph·y n.

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mes·o·morph / ˈmezəˌmôrf; ˈmē-/ • n. Physiol. a person with a compact and muscular body build. Compare with ectomorph and endomorph. DERIVATIVES: mes·o·mor·phic / ˌmezəˈmôrfik; ˌmē-/ adj.

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mesomorph Description given to a well‐covered individual with well‐developed muscles. See also ectomorph; endomorph.

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ectomorph Description given to a tall, thin person, possibly with underdeveloped muscles. See also endomorph; mesomorph.

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endomorph In relation to body build, means short and stocky. See ectomorph; mesomorph.