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

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Skeletal morphogenesis of Microbrachis and Hyloplesion (Tetrapoda: Lepospondyli), and implications for the developmental patterns of extinct, early tetrapods. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, "The Microsaurs of Yore," 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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mor·​pho·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌmȯr-fə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce morphogenesis (audio) \
plural morphogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce morphogeneses (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, 20 Nov. 1981

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