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morphallaxis

[mawr-fuh-lak-sis] /ˌmɔr fəˈlæk sɪs/
noun, plural morphallaxes
[mawr-fuh-lak-seez] /ˌmɔr fəˈlæk siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Biology. the regeneration of a destroyed body part by the reorganization of its remaining cells.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; morph- + Greek állaxis exchange, barter (compare allássein to change, exchange, ultimately derivative of állos other, allo-); coined by T. H. Morgan
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British Dictionary definitions for morphallaxes

morphallaxis

/ˌmɔːfəˈlæksɪs/
noun (pl) -laxes (-ˈlæksiːz)
1.
(zoology) the transformation of one part into another that sometimes occurs during regeneration of organs in certain animals
Word Origin
C20: New Latin, from morpho- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to exchange, from allos other
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Encyclopedia Article for morphallaxes

morphallaxis

a process of tissue reorganization observed in many lower animals following severe injury, such as bisection of the animal, and involving the breakdown and reformation of cells, movement of organs, and redifferentiation of tissues. The result is usually a smaller but complete individual, derived entirely from the tissues of part of the original animal.

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