morph

[mawrf]
noun
1.
Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment. Compare allomorph ( def 2 ).
2.
Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
verb (used with object)
3.
to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

Origin:
1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph

morphic, adjective
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morph1 (mɔːf)
 
n
linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme
 
[C20: shortened form of morpheme]

morph2 (mɔːf)
 
n
biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
 
[C20: from Greek morphē shape]

morph3 (mɔːf)
 
vb
1.  to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
2.  to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or character: he morphed from nerd into pop icon
 
n
3.  a morphed image

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Word Origin & History

morph
as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing.
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Medical Dictionary

-morph suff.
Form; shape; structure: endomorph.

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morph   (môrf)  Pronunciation Key 
A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
morph
  1. metamorphose

  2. morphine

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Example sentences
There's some stuff on there that since that time has morphed into their own
  tales.
It's interesting to see how food advertising icons have morphed through the
  years.
But critics have countered that findings from turtle embryology hinted that the
  backbones and ribs morphed to make a shell.
Since then pepper spray has morphed into an instrument of punishment used by
  police departments.
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