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[mawr-foh-sis] /mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural morphoses
[mawr-foh-seez] /mɔrˈfoʊ siz/ (Show IPA).
the sequence or manner of development or change in an organism or any of its parts.
Origin of morphosis
1665-75; < New Latin < Greek mórphōsis, equivalent to morph(oûn) to shape + -ōsis -osis
Related forms
[mawr-fot-ik] /mɔrˈfɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for morphosis


noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(biology) development in an organism or its parts characterized by structural change
Derived Forms
morphotic (mɔːˈfɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek, from morphoun to form, from morphē form
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Word Origin and History for morphosis

"mode of formation," Modern Latin, from Greek morphosis "a forming, shaping," from morphe "form, shape; outward appearance" (see Morpheus).

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morphosis in Medicine

morphosis mor·pho·sis (môr-fō'sĭs)
n. pl. mor·pho·ses (-sēz)
The manner in which an organism or any of its parts changes form or undergoes development.

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