zygomorphism, zygomorphy, n.
/zuy'geuh mawr"fik, zig'euh-/, adj. Biol.
having bilateral symmetry; divisible lengthwise into similar or symmetrical halves.
Also, zygomorphous.
[1870-75; ZYGO- + -MORPHIC]

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