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morphogenesis

[mawr-fuh-jen-uh-sis]
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noun Embryology.
  1. the development of structural features of an organism or part.

Origin of morphogenesis

First recorded in 1880–85; morpho- + genesis
Related formsmor·pho·ge·net·ic [mawr-foh-juh-net-ik] /ˌmɔr foʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, mor·pho·gen·ic, adjective
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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 morphogenic action of diffusion produces osmotic growths of extreme variety.


British Dictionary definitions for morphogenic

morphogenesis

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

morphogenesis

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

morphogenic in Medicine

morphogenesis

([object Object])
n.
  1. 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.
Related formsmor′pho•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) null adj.
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morphogenic in Science

morphogenesis

[môr′fō-jĕnĭ-sĭs]
  1. Formation of the structure of an organism or part involving differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.
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