morphosis

noun
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

-morphosis

noun combining form
-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

Noun

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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