Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

morphology

play
noun mor·phol·o·gy \mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of morphology

  • linguistics : the study and description of how words are formed in language

  • biology : the study of the form and structure of animals and plants

  • : the form and structure of a plant or animal or any of its parts

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of morphology

  1. 1 a :  a branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of animals and plants b :  the form and structure of an organism or any of its parts

  2. 2 a :  a study and description of word formation (as inflection, derivation, and compounding) in language b :  the system of word-forming elements and processes in a language

  3. 3 a :  a study of structure or form b :  structure, form

  4. 4 :  the external structure of rocks in relation to the development of erosional forms or topographic features

morphological

play \ˌmȯr-fə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also

morphologic

play \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective

morphologically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

morphologist

play \mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of morphology

German Morphologie, from morph- + -logie -logy


First Known Use: 1830

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


Medical Dictionary

morphology

play
noun mor·phol·o·gy \mȯr-ˈfäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of morphology

plural

morphologies

  1. 1:  a branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of animals and plants especially with respect to the forms, relations, metamorphoses, and phylogenetic development of organs apart from their functions—see anatomy 1; compare physiology 1

  2. 2:  the form and structure of an organism or any of its parts





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up morphology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

interruption megillah rebellion torrent
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ