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morphology

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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

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

mor·pho·log·i·cal play \ˌmȯr-fə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also mor·pho·log·ic play \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective
mor·pho·log·i·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
mor·phol·o·gist play \mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of morphology

German Morphologie, from morph- + -logie -logy


First Known Use: 1830

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Medical Dictionary

morphology

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noun mor·phol·o·gy \mȯr-ˈfäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of morphology

plural mor·phol·o·gies

  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





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