a combining form meaning “form, structure,” used in the formation of compound words: morphology.

Nearby words

  1. morphing,
  2. morphinic,
  3. morphinism,
  4. morphinomania,
  5. morpho,
  6. morphodite,
  7. morphogenesis,
  8. morphogenetic,
  9. morphogenetic movement,
  10. morphol.

Also especially before a vowel, morph-.

Origin of morpho-

< Greek, combining form of morphḗ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for morpho-


before a vowel morph-

combining form

indicating form or structuremorphology

Word Origin for morpho-

from Greek morphē form, shape

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Word Origin and History for morpho-


before vowels morph-, word-forming element meaning "form, shape," from comb. form of Greek morphe "form, shape; beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus).

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Medicine definitions for morpho-



Form; shape; structure:morphogenesis.

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