noun (plural morphologies)
1.1 Biology The branch of biology that deals with the form of living organisms, and with relationships between their structures.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: from Greek morphē 'form' + -logy.
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