Definition of morphogenesis
: the formation and differentiation of tissues and organs — compare organogenesis
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Skeletal morphogenesis of Microbrachis and Hyloplesion (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli), and implications for the developmental patterns of extinct, early tetrapods.
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Origin and Etymology of morphogenesis
First Known Use: circa 1890See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of morphogenesis
: the development of normal form or structure especially as controlled by the growth, differentiation, and movement of cells and tissues Deficiencies in neural plate development at early stages would lead not only to abnormal brain morphogenesis but also to deficient eye formation …—Science, 20 Nov. 1981
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