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.
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Recent Examples on the WebResearchers examined the association between semen parameters (sperm concentration, total sperm count, sperm motility, and sperm morphology) of participants and their mobile phone usage.—Kaitlin Vogel, Health, 17 Nov. 2023 Tooth morphology offers a wealth of information for determining species—but old teeth for comparison number not in the thousands or hundreds but in the tens.—Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 Splitting off from a type of tanager called a grassquit, the Galápagos finches developed their own morphologies over the course of millions of years of separation.—Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2023 An emerging field called synthetic morphology experiments with the structure and function of living things.—Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 1 May 2023 The Hirota population’s particular skull shape remains unique to their community, as no other crania in the Japanese archipelago have shown similar morphology.—Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Aug. 2023 These creatures spanned great diversity in their morphology, lifestyles and diets, which means that some dinosaurs were likely much smarter than others.—Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2023 And since no firm evidence existed before about the morphology and ecology of the last common ancestor of tunicates, it was hypothesized that tunicates were either ascidiaceans or appendicularians.—Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2023 The soil’s shifting morphology was straining the building’s foundation, and the southern part of the building appeared to be sinking.—Alessio Perrone, Scientific American, 3 Apr. 2023 See More
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: 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 anatomysense 1 compare physiologysense 1
: the form and structure of an organism or any of its parts