[ 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

Related forms

mor·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 Forms

morphotic (mɔːˈfɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for morphosis

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