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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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Kirschner's laboratory investigates three broad, diverse areas: regulation of the cell cycle, the role of cytoskeleton in cell morphogenesis, and mechanisms of establishing the basic vertebrate body plan.
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