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morphology

[mawr-fol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms.
  2. the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole.
  3. Linguistics.
    1. the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.
    2. the study and description of such patterns.
    3. the study of the behavior and combination of morphemes.
  4. Physical Geography. geomorphology.
  5. the form or structure of anything: to gain an insight into the morphology of our political system.
  6. the study of the form or structure of anything.
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Origin of morphology

1820–30; morpho- + -logy; first formed in German
Related formsmor·pho·log·ic [mawr-fuh-loj-ik] /ˌmɔr fəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, mor·pho·log·i·cal, adjectivemor·pho·log·i·cal·ly, adverbmor·phol·o·gist, nounun·mor·pho·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·mor·pho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for morphology

Historical Examples

  • What proportion of time should be given to morphology in relation to other interests?

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Furthermore, morphology is in reality a basal consideration.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The Morphology and Distribution of the wandering cells of Mammalia.

  • The whole subject is included under the general term of Morphology.

  • Here the relation of his evolution-theory to his morphology is pointed out.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell


British Dictionary definitions for morphology

morphology

noun
  1. the branch of biology concerned with the form and structure of organisms
  2. 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
  3. the form and structure of anything
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Derived Formsmorphologic (ˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪk) or morphological, adjectivemorphologically, adverbmorphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for morphology

n.

1824 in biology (from German Morphologie, 1817); 1869 in philology; from morpho- + -logy. Related: Morphological; morphologist. Related: Morphologist.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

morphology in Medicine

morphology

(môr-fŏlə-jē)
n.
  1. The branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of organisms without consideration of function.
  2. The form and structure of an organism or one of its parts.
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Related formsmor′pho•logi•cal (-fə-lŏjĭ-kəl) null adj.mor•pholo•gist n.
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morphology in Science

morphology

[môr-fŏlə-jē]
  1. 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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morphology in Culture

morphology

[(mawr-fol-uh-jee)]

The study of the structure of living things. (Compare anatomy and physiology.)

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