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variant of -morphous: anthropomorphic.
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Origin of -morphic

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What does -morphic mean?

The combining formmorphic is used like a suffix meaning “having the shape, form, or structure.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology.

The form –morphic comes from a combination of two forms. The first is morph, from Greek –morphos, meaning “shape.” The second is the suffix ic, from Greek –ikos or Latin –icus, both meaning “having some characteristics of.”

What are variants of –morphic?

In some terms, the form –morphic becomes morphous, as in polymorphous. Additional related combining forms include morph, morpho, and morphism. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on all four combining forms.

Examples of -morphic

An example of a scientific term you may have encountered that features –morphic is metamorphic, “pertaining to or characterized by change of form, or metamorphosis.”

The combining form meta, from Greek, has a variety of meanings, including “beyond.” The form –morphic means “having the shape, form, or structure.” Metamorphic therefore roughly means “beyond a shape, form, or structure.”

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The combining form zoo means “animal.” With this in mind, what does zoomorphic mean?

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