morphogen

noun
mor·​pho·​gen | \ ˈmȯr-fə-jən How to pronounce morphogen (audio) , -ˌjen\

Definition of morphogen

: a diffusible chemical substance that exerts control over morphogenesis especially by forming a gradient in concentration

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Researchers continue to study morphogens as a source of developmental information in the nervous system, for example. Quanta Magazine, "Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth," 13 Mar. 2018 Researchers continue to study morphogens as a source of developmental information in the nervous system, for example. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth," 18 Mar. 2018 But organic explanations like morphogens and bioelectricity didn’t stay in the limelight for long. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of morphogen

1950, in the meaning defined above

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morphogen

noun
mor·​pho·​gen | \ ˈmȯr-fə-jən, -ˌjen How to pronounce morphogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of morphogen

: a diffusible chemical substance that exerts control over morphogenesis especially by forming a gradient in concentration

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