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morphology Syllabification: mor·phol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /môrˈfäləjē/

Definition of morphology in English:

noun (plural morphologies)

1The study of the forms of things, in particular.
1.1 Biology The branch of biology that deals with the form of living organisms, and with relationships between their structures.
Example sentences
  • Analysis of covariance revealed some relationships between subspecies morphology / growth habit and local environmental conditions.
  • Organisms were identified by morphology and biochemical reactions.
  • Gross changes in chromosome morphology occur at each mitosis.
1.2 Linguistics The study of the forms of words.
Example sentences
  • Dialect encompasses various aspects of the language - syntax, morphology, lexicon, phonology.
  • In some circumstances, languages borrow morphology as well as vocabulary.
  • French has inflectional morphology to indicate plurality, person, number, and tense, so inflection is not a foreign concept.

Derivatives

morphologist

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Pronunciation: /môrˈfäləjəst/
noun
Example sentences
  • Functional morphologists often investigate the functional consequences of key evolutionary adaptations, while developmental biologists investigate the mechanisms generating morphological features.
  • Early morphologists, such as Cuvier, felt that function was predictable from organismal form, to the extent that animals and plants represented perfect adaptations to their habits.
  • Functional morphologists are not only interested in the way that morphological complexes function, they are deeply concerned with how such anatomical features have evolved over time.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek morphē 'form' + -logy.

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