mor·​pho·​sis | \ mȯ(r)ˈfōsə̇s \
plural morphoses\ -​ōˌsēz \

Definition of morphosis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the mode of development of an organism or one of its parts
2 : a nonadaptive structural modification
-mor·​pho·​sis | \ ˈmȯ(r)fəsə̇sometimes ˌmȯ(r)ˈfōsə̇s \
plural -morphoses\ ˈ⸗fəˌsēz , ˌ⸗ˈfōˌsēz \

Definition of -morphosis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : development or change of form of a (specified) thing cytomorphosis
2 : development or change of form in a (specified) manner heteromorphosis

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History and Etymology for morphosis


New Latin, from Greek morphōsis action or process of forming, from morphoun to form, from morphē form

Noun combining form

Latin, from Greek -morphōsis, from morphōsis

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“Morphosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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