noun Embryology.

the development of structural features of an organism or part.

Nearby words

  1. morphinism,
  2. morphinomania,
  3. morpho,
  4. morpho-,
  5. morphodite,
  6. morphogenetic,
  7. morphogenetic movement,
  8. morphol.,
  9. morpholine,
  10. morpholino

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morphogenesis



the development of form and structure in an organism during its growth from embryo to adult
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 morphogenesis



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

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Medicine definitions for morphogenesis




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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Science definitions for morphogenesis



Formation of the structure of an organism or part involving differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.
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