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

noun Embryology.

the development of structural features of an organism or part.

Origin of morphogenesis

First recorded in 1880–85; morpho- + genesis

OTHER WORDS FROM morphogenesis

mor·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

Examples from the Web for morphogenic

  • Morphogenic—a derivative; pertaining to morphogeny; a kosmic process (vide figs. 17 and 18).

    The Mystery of Space|Robert T. Browne
  • The morphogenic action of diffusion produces osmotic growths of extreme variety.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
  • In other flowers this morphogenic wavering inclines towards the bracts rather than towards the corolla.

    Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams
  • The morphogenic power of osmosis gives rise to an infinite variety of forms.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc

British Dictionary definitions for morphogenic

/ (ˌmɔːfəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /


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 of morphogenesis

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

[ môr′fō-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]


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.

Other words from morphogenesis

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

[ 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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