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morphogen

Syllabification: mor·pho·gen
Pronunciation: /ˈmôrfəjən
 
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Definition of morphogen in English:

noun

Biology
A chemical agent able to cause or determine morphogenesis.
Example sentences
  • The Hedgehog proteins are secreted morphogens that provide positional information during the development of many multi-cellular animals.
  • He suggested that biological forms mirror patterns in the concentrations of hypothetical chemicals called morphogens.
  • For example, many morphogens - molecules that direct cells to grow and differentiate during embryogenesis - are not water - soluble, so biologists know little about how they spread out during early development.

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