[ mawr-foh-sis ]
/ mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs /

noun, plural mor·pho·ses [mawr-foh-seez] /mɔrˈfoʊ siz/. Biology.

the sequence or manner of development or change in an organism or any of its parts.

Nearby words

  1. morphonology,
  2. morphophoneme,
  3. morphophonemic,
  4. morphophonemics,
  5. morphophonology,
  6. morphosyntactic,
  7. morphosyntax,
  8. morphotic,
  9. morphotonemics,
  10. morphy

Origin of morphosis

1665–75; < New Latin < Greek mórphōsis, equivalent to morph(oûn) to shape + -ōsis -osis

Related formsmor·phot·ic [mawr-fot-ik] /mɔrˈfɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for morphosis


/ (mɔːˈfəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

biology development in an organism or its parts characterized by structural change
Derived Formsmorphotic (mɔːˈfɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for morphosis

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from morphoun to form, from morphē form

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Word Origin and History for morphosis



"mode of formation," Modern Latin, from Greek morphosis "a forming, shaping," from morphe "form, shape; outward appearance" (see Morpheus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for morphosis


[ môr-fōsĭs ]

n. pl. mor•pho•ses (-sēz)

The manner in which an organism or any of its parts changes form or undergoes development.

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