[ 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.
Origin of morphosis
1665–75; < New Latin < Greek mórphōsis, equivalent to morph(oûn) to shape + -ōsis -osis
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/ (mɔːˈfəʊsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
biology development in an organism or its parts characterized by structural change
Word Origin for morphosis
C17: via New Latin from Greek, from morphoun to form, from morphē form
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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
[ môr-fō′sĭs ]
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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