morphology

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noun mor·phol·o·gy \mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jē\

Definition of morphology

  1. 1a :  a branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of animals and plantsb :  the form and structure of an organism or any of its parts amphibian morphology external and internal eye morphology

  2. 2a :  a study and description of word formation (such as inflection, derivation, and compounding) in languageb :  the system of word-forming elements and processes in a language According to English morphology, the third person singular present tense of a verb is formed by adding -s.

  3. 3a :  a study of structure or formb :  structure, form the unique morphology of the city — H. J. Nelson

  4. 4 :  the external structure of rocks in relation to the development of erosional forms or topographic features

morphological

play \ˌmȯr-fə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ or less commonly

morphologic

play \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective

morphologically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

morphologist

play \mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jist\ noun

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Within the field of biology, morphology is the study of the shapes and arrangement of parts of organisms, in order to determine their function, their development, and how they may have been shaped by evolution. Morphology is particularly important in classifying species, since it can often reveal how closely one species is related to another. Morphology is studied within other sciences as well, including astronomy and geology. And in language, morphology considers where words come from and why they look the way they do.

Origin and Etymology of morphology

German Morphologie, from morph- + -logie -logy

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


MORPHOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

morphology

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Definition of morphology for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

morphology

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noun mor·phol·o·gy \mȯr-ˈfäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of morphology

plural

morphologies

  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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