-ism, -ismus

(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)

The occurrence, in a parasite, of two cycles of development passed in two different hosts.
The condition in which the female of the species is more variable than the male in its phenotypic expression.
Polydactyly in which there are six digits on a hand or a foot.
Hierarchical practice and principles; hierarchical system.
hippomobilism (s) (noun)
The use of a horse-drawn vehicle.
hircism (noun) (no pl)
A very strong and sharp odor: Because Jack was aware of the hircism of his body, he wanted to have a good antiperspirant spray especially for his armpits to get rid of the bad smell which was almost like that of a male goat!
hircismus (s) (noun) (no pl)
The disgusting smell of armpits: Hircismus is based on the terrible uretic odor of male goats that apparently want to attract and impress female goats.
historicism (s) (noun), historicisms (pl)
1. The belief that natural laws beyond human control determined events in the past.
2. The theory that each period of past times has its own unique beliefs and values and can only be understood in its previous period of existence.
3. A theory that earlier periods are determined by immutable laws and not by any human agency.
holism (s) (noun), holisms (pl)
Primarily in philosophy, the theory that parts of a whole are interconnected to such a degree that they cannot exist independently from the whole or cannot be understood without some reference to the whole: "Holism is usually applied to mental conditions, languages, or ecological situations."
1. In chemistry, a close similarity in the crystal forms of unlike compounds.
2. In mathematics, a continuous bijection between two figures whose inverse is also continuous.
A near similarity of crystalline forms between unlike chemical compounds.
1. In biology, similarity of external form or appearance but not of structure or origin.
2. In zoology, a resemblance in form between the immature and adult stages of an animal.
3. Of, relating to, or characterized by a similarity of form but different structure.
4. Relating to two or more structures of similar size and form, usually of synaptic chromosomes.
5. In mathematics, a transformation of one set into another that preserves in the second set the operations between the members of the first set.