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[mawr-fuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌmɔr fəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
noun, Embryology
the development of structural features of an organism or part.
1880-85; morpho- + genesis
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[mawr-foh-juh-net-ik] /ˌmɔr foʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
morphogenic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for morphogenesis


the development of form and structure in an organism during its growth from embryo to adult
the evolutionary development of form in an organism or part of an organism
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morphogenetic (ˌmɔːfəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), morphogenic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for morphogenesis

1863 in biology; 1958 in geology; from morpho- + genesis. Related: Morphogenetic.

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morphogenesis in Medicine

morphogenesis mor·pho·gen·e·sis (môr'fō-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)
Differentiation of cells and tissues in the early embryo which results in establishing the form and structure of the various organs and parts of the body.

mor'pho·ge·net'ic (-jə-nět'ĭk) or mor'pho·gen'ic adj.
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morphogenesis in Science
Formation of the structure of an organism or part involving differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.
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Encyclopedia Article for morphogenesis

the shaping of an organism by embryological processes of differentiation of cells, tissues, and organs and the development of organ systems according to the genetic "blueprint" of the potential organism and environmental conditions

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