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morphosis

[ mawr-foh-sis ]
/ mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs /
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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.
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Origin of morphosis

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

OTHER WORDS FROM morphosis

mor·phot·ic [mawr-fot-ik], /mɔrˈfɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for morphosis

morphosis
/ (mɔːˈfəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
biology development in an organism or its parts characterized by structural change

Derived forms of morphosis

morphotic (mɔːˈfɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for morphosis

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from morphoun to form, from morphē form
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Medical definitions for morphosis

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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