morphogenesis

[ mawr-fuh-jen-uh-sis ]
/ ˌmɔr fəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs /
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noun Embryology.

the development of structural features of an organism or part.

Origin of morphogenesis

First recorded in 1880–85; morpho- + genesis

Related forms

mor·pho·ge·net·ic [mawr-foh-juh-net-ik] /ˌmɔr foʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, mor·pho·gen·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for morphogenesis

morphogenesis

/ (ˌmɔːfəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /

noun

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 Forms

morphogenetic (ˌmɔːfəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) or morphogenic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for morphogenesis

morphogenesis

[ môr′fō-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]

n.

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 forms

mor′pho•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) null adj.
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Science definitions for morphogenesis

morphogenesis

[ môr′fō-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]

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

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