[ 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.



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Origin of morphogenesis

First recorded in 1880–85; morpho- + genesis
mor·pho·ge·net·ic [mawr-foh-juh-net-ik], /ˌmɔr foʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, mor·pho·gen·ic, adjective
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  • The morphogenic power of osmosis gives rise to an infinite variety of forms.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
  • The morphogenic action of diffusion produces osmotic growths of extreme variety.

    The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
  • Morphogenic—a derivative; pertaining to morphogeny; a kosmic process (vide figs. 17 and 18).

    The Mystery of Space|Robert T. Browne
  • In other flowers this morphogenic wavering inclines towards the bracts rather than towards the corolla.

    Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for morphogenesis

/ (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
morphogenetic (ˌmɔːfəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) or morphogenic, adjective
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Medical definitions for morphogenesis

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