morphology [ mawr- fol- uh-jee ] SHOW IPA / mɔrˈfɒl ə dʒi / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms. the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole. Linguistics. 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. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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Origin of morphology
; first formed in German
OTHER WORDS FROM morphology mor·pho·log·ic [mawr-f uh- loj-ik], /ˌmɔr fəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, mor·pho·log·i·cal, adjective mor·pho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb mor·phol·o·gist, noun un·mor·pho·log·i·cal, adjective un·mor·pho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for morphology noun 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 Derived forms of morphology morphologic ( ˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪk) or morphological, adjective morphologically, adverb morphologist, noun
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n. 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. Other words from morphology mor′pho•log ( ′i•cal -fə-lŏj) null ′ĭ-kəl adj. mor•phol ′o•gist n.
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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The study of the structure of living things. (
Compare anatomy and physiology.)
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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