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morphology

[mawr-fol-uh-jee] /mɔrˈfɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms.
2.
the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole.
3.
Linguistics.
  1. the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.
  2. the study and description of such patterns.
  3. the study of the behavior and combination of morphemes.
4.
Physical Geography, geomorphology.
5.
the form or structure of anything:
to gain an insight into the morphology of our political system.
6.
the study of the form or structure of anything.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; morpho- + -logy; first formed in German
Related forms
morphologic
[mawr-fuh-loj-ik] /ˌmɔr fəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
morphological, adjective
morphologically, adverb
morphologist, noun
unmorphological, adjective
unmorphologically, adverb
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Examples for morphological
  • The evidence of evolution is everywhere around us, in the signs that diverse organisms share a common morphological heritage.
  • But the development of morphological differences in a widely distributed species is a biological commonplace.
  • If you're in any doubt the significance of this so-called morphological computing, think about how the human body walks or jumps.
  • One last aspect of drug-induced morphological patterns is the process known as induction.
  • That's the earliest sign of a morphological difference.
  • Major morphological changes in microbial form and function have previously been observed.
  • As in german, there is no morphological gender distinction in the plural.
British Dictionary definitions for morphological

morphology

/mɔːˈfɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of biology concerned with the form and structure of organisms
2.
the form and structure of words in a language, esp the consistent patterns of inflection, combination, derivation and change, etc, that may be observed and classified
3.
the form and structure of anything
Derived Forms
morphologic (ˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪk), morphological, adjective
morphologically, adverb
morphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for morphological
morphology
1830 in biology; 1869 in philology; from Gk. morphe (see morphine) + -logy. Related: Morphological.
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morphological in Medicine

morphology mor·phol·o·gy (môr-fŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of organisms without consideration of function.

  2. The form and structure of an organism or one of its parts.


mor'pho·log'i·cal (-fə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) or mor'pho·log'ic adj.
mor·phol'o·gist n.
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morphological in Science
morphology
  (môr-fŏl'ə-jē)   
The size, shape, and structure of an organism or one of its parts. Biologists usually describe the morphology of an organism separately from its physiology. In traditional systems of taxonomy, classifications were based on the morphological characteristics of organisms. However, a method of classification based purely on morphology runs the risk of grouping together organisms that are actually relatively unrelated but have evolved similar features. In more modern systems of taxonomy, the genetic similarity of organisms, studied through the methods of molecular biology, is considered in addition to morphology when establishing taxa.
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morphological in Culture
morphology [(mawr-fol-uh-jee)]

The study of the structure of living things. (Compare anatomy and physiology.)

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