Definition of morphology in English:

morphology

Syllabification: mor·phol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /môrˈfäləjē
 
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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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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

morphologic

Pronunciation: /ˌmôrfəˈläjik/
adjective
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  • Rather, there is morphologic alteration within the tendon.
  • In contrast, larger testis size is a clear morphologic adaptation of parasitic males that involves a strong energetic investment.
  • We felt that their description should be revised and expanded on the basis of new findings and a better understanding of the morphologic changes.

morphological

Pronunciation: /ˌmôrfəˈläjikəl/
adjective
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  • Corneal tissue is analysed and graded on morphological and functional criteria.
  • There is some morphological variation related to their position in the plant.
  • Thus there is no simple relationship between genetic and morphological complexity.

morphologically

Pronunciation: /ˌmôrfəˈläjik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • These species are morphologically very similar and are frequently misidentified, confused with each other.
  • Larvae are behaviourally, morphologically and physiologically specialized for feeding and growing.
  • In acute leukemia, the cell type is poorly differentiated and lineage is difficult to identify morphologically.

morphologist

noun
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  • 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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