- the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms.
- the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole.
- the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.
- the study and description of such patterns.
- the study of the behavior and combination of morphemes.
- Physical Geography. geomorphology.
- the form or structure of anything: to gain an insight into the morphology of our political system.
- the study of the form or structure of anything.
Origin of morphology
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Related Wordsgrammatical, linguistic, semantic, lingual, dialectal, phonetic, etymological, lexical, morphological, phonemic, phonological, syntactical, acceptable, allowable, correct, syntactic
Examples from the Web for morphological
The bion is the physiological, as the morphon is the morphological, individual.
Haeckel had an intense admiration for Goethe's morphological work.
"Morphological" seems quite just, but I do not see how I can avoid using it.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
The morphological significance of the paraphysis is uncertain.
So far we have only learned what is not to be regarded as morphological adaptation.The Science and Philosophy of the Organism
- the branch of biology concerned with the form and structure of organisms
- the form and structure of words in a language, esp the consistent patterns of inflection, combination, derivation and change, etc, that may be observed and classified
- the form and structure of anything
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Word Origin and History for morphological
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- The branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of organisms without consideration of function.
- The form and structure of an organism or one of its parts.
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- The size, shape, and structure of an organism or one of its parts. Biologists usually describe the morphology of an organism separately from its physiology. In traditional systems of taxonomy, classifications were based on the morphological characteristics of organisms. However, a method of classification based purely on morphology runs the risk of grouping together organisms that are actually relatively unrelated but have evolved similar features. In more modern systems of taxonomy, the genetic similarity of organisms, studied through the methods of molecular biology, is considered in addition to morphology when establishing taxa.
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