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[mawr-fuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌmɔr fəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
noun, Embryology.
the development of structural features of an organism or part.
Origin of morphogenesis
First recorded in 1880-85; morpho- + genesis
Related forms
[mawr-foh-juh-net-ik] /ˌmɔr foʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
morphogenic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for morphogenic
Historical Examples
  • morphogenic—a derivative; pertaining to morphogeny; a kosmic process (vide figs. 17 and 18).

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • In other flowers this morphogenic wavering inclines towards the bracts rather than towards the corolla.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • The morphogenic power of osmosis gives rise to an infinite variety of forms.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • The morphogenic action of diffusion produces osmotic growths of extreme variety.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
British Dictionary definitions for morphogenic


the development of form and structure in an organism during its growth from embryo to adult
the evolutionary development of form in an organism or part of an organism
Derived Forms
morphogenetic (ˌmɔːfəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), morphogenic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for morphogenic



1863 in biology; 1958 in geology; from morpho- + genesis. Related: Morphogenetic.

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morphogenic in Medicine

morphogenesis mor·pho·gen·e·sis (môr'fō-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)
Differentiation of cells and tissues in the early embryo which results in establishing the form and structure of the various organs and parts of the body.

mor'pho·ge·net'ic (-jə-nět'ĭk) or mor'pho·gen'ic adj.
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morphogenic in Science
Formation of the structure of an organism or part involving differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.
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