mor·​pho·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌmȯr-fə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce morphogenesis (audio) \

Definition of morphogenesis

: the formation and differentiation of tissues and organs — compare organogenesis

Examples of morphogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hierarchical modularity and pattern completion can help understand the decision-making of cells and neurons during morphogenesis and brain processes, generating well adaptive animals and behavior. Rafael Yuste, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2021 Researchers disagree about the role that bioelectricity plays in morphogenesis. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Among his enthusiasms were his work on various scientific themes, including morphogenesis, the theory of growth and form in biology; his continued secret ties to Britain’s postwar code breakers; and long-distance running. New York Times, 5 June 2019 Skeletal morphogenesis of Microbrachis and Hyloplesion (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli), and implications for the developmental patterns of extinct, early tetrapods. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of morphogenesis

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morphogenesis

New Latin

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“Morphogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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mor·​pho·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌmȯr-fə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce morphogenesis (audio) \
plural morphogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce morphogenesis (audio) \

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

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