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morphology

[mawr-fol-uh-jee] /mɔrˈfɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms.
2.
the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole.
3.
Linguistics.
  1. the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.
  2. the study and description of such patterns.
  3. the study of the behavior and combination of morphemes.
4.
Physical Geography. geomorphology.
5.
the form or structure of anything:
to gain an insight into the morphology of our political system.
6.
the study of the form or structure of anything.
Origin of morphology
1820-1830
1820-30; morpho- + -logy; first formed in German
Related forms
morphologic
[mawr-fuh-loj-ik] /ˌmɔr fəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
morphological, adjective
morphologically, adverb
morphologist, noun
unmorphological, adjective
unmorphologically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for morphologically
Historical Examples
  • morphologically it is the survival of the posterior adductor.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • morphologically, flowers answer to shoots or branches, and their parts to leaves.

  • morphologically the development of man is more accentuated than that of woman.

    Sex and Society

    William I. Thomas
  • The splanchnopleure also envelops it, so that, morphologically speaking, the yolk lies within the mesenteron.

  • The race nearest geographically, as well as morphologically, is Dipodomys ordii priscus.

  • It does not follow because these organs bear anthers that they are morphologically true stamens.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Perhaps not, for descriptive purposes, but morphologically it would not be easy to separate such a tube from the receptacle.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • However, the latter is by no means a real, chemically and morphologically distinct, nucleus.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • However, the distinction between these substances is quite arbitrary, and neither chemically nor morphologically well defined.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • Those who admit the presence of nuclein but say that this is not morphologically differentiated from the protoplasm as a nucleus.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey
British Dictionary definitions for morphologically

morphology

/mɔːˈfɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of biology concerned with the form and structure of organisms
2.
the form and structure of words in a language, esp the consistent patterns of inflection, combination, derivation and change, etc, that may be observed and classified
3.
the form and structure of anything
Derived Forms
morphologic (ˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪk), morphological, adjective
morphologically, adverb
morphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for morphologically

morphology

n.

1824 in biology (from German Morphologie, 1817); 1869 in philology; from morpho- + -logy. Related: Morphological; morphologist. Related: Morphologist.

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morphologically in Medicine

morphology mor·phol·o·gy (môr-fŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of organisms without consideration of function.

  2. The form and structure of an organism or one of its parts.


mor'pho·log'i·cal (-fə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) or mor'pho·log'ic adj.
mor·phol'o·gist n.
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morphologically in Science
morphology
  (môr-fŏl'ə-jē)   
The size, shape, and structure of an organism or one of its parts. Biologists usually describe the morphology of an organism separately from its physiology. In traditional systems of taxonomy, classifications were based on the morphological characteristics of organisms. However, a method of classification based purely on morphology runs the risk of grouping together organisms that are actually relatively unrelated but have evolved similar features. In more modern systems of taxonomy, the genetic similarity of organisms, studied through the methods of molecular biology, is considered in addition to morphology when establishing taxa.
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morphologically in Culture
morphology [(mawr-fol-uh-jee)]

The study of the structure of living things. (Compare anatomy and physiology.)

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