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Formation of the structure of an organism or part; differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.

mor′pho·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk), mor′pho·gen′ic adj.
mor′pho·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌmɔːfəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) or


1. (Biology) the development of form and structure in an organism during its growth from embryo to adult
2. (Biology) the evolutionary development of form in an organism or part of an organism
morphogenetic, ˌmorphoˈgenic adj


(ˌmɔr fəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

the development of structural features of an organism or part.
mor`pho•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) mor`pho•gen′ic, adj.


the origin(s) of the various aspects of the form of an organism. Also called morphogeny. — morphogenetic, adj.
See also: Form
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.morphogenesis - differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism)
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
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We expect that this transdisciplinary approach will provide answers to a central yet unresolved question in developmental biology: how the interplay between cell mechanics, dynamics and fate specification drives embryo morphogenesis and patterning.
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Specific topics include charge-selective claudin channels, dynamic properties of the tight junction barrier, the regulation of tight junction in human normal pancreatic duct epithelial cells and cancer cells, diverse types of junctions containing tight junction proteins in stratified mammalian epithelia, and the involvement of claudins in zebrafish brain ventricle morphogenesis.
RESULTS: Neonatal Gen treatment resulted in substantial changes in expression of genes that modulate neonatal oviduct morphogenesis, including Hoxa (homeobox A cluster), Wnt (wingless-related MMTV integration site), and hedgehog signaling genes.
elegans and epithelial morphogenesis in Dictyostelium.
This process has been studied extensively in arthropods during larval metamorphosis and tissue morphogenesis, and in molluscs during wound repair.
During replication, viruses are found in the cell cytoplasm within vacuolelike structures (Figure 1C) that are believed to be involved in morphogenesis (37).
As these events are precisely defined in drosophila abdominal morphogenesis, We hope to uncover the internal logic modulating cell cycle/growth rates transitions that can be used as a genetically tractable paradigm for the study of equivalent processes in cancer, Regeneration or development.
Mutations of this gene produce short or abnormal protein and shortage of CRB1 protein halts retinal morphogenesis which manifests partial or complete blindness.
Professor Shahida Hasnain was awarded the price in recognition of her research on heavy metal detoxification mechanisms, salt stress tolerance mechanisms, bacterial morphogenesis and environmental, agricultural and medical microbiology.