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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.
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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.



Pronunciation: /ˌmôrfəˈläjik/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˌmôrfəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˌmôrfəˈläjək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /môrˈfäləjəst/
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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