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  1. variant of -morphous: anthropomorphic.

Origin of -morphic


  1. Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.Compare allomorph(def 2).
  2. Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
verb (used with object)
  1. to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
  1. to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

Origin of morph

1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph
Related formsmor·phic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for morphic

Historical Examples

  • The pyroxene is morphic, yellow or green, and is surrounded by formless areas of nepheline.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for morphic


  1. linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme

Word Origin

C20: shortened form of morpheme


  1. biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species

Word Origin

C20: from Greek morphē shape


  1. to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
  2. to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon
  1. a morphed image
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Word Origin and History for morphic


1826, from Greek morphe "form, shape" (see Morpheus) + -ic.


as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).

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morphic in Medicine


  1. Having a specified shape or form:homomorphic.
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morphic in Science


  1. A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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