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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.
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(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
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(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.
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the origin(s) of the various aspects of the form of an organism. Also called morphogeny. — morphogenetic, adj.
See also: Form
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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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BARCELONA, Spain, July 29, 2019 -- A new study performed here shows that during the embryonic development of the brain, the cells between adjacent segments detect the mechanical forces generated during morphogenesis to regulate the balance between progenitor stem cells and differentiated neurons.
TGF-[alpha] regulates epithelial proliferation and branching morphogenesis during prenatal and post-natal growth of salivary glands (Mogi et al., 1995; Jaskoll and Melnick, 1999; Patel et al., 2006; Tucker, 2007).
She covers self-organizing and emergent architecture, material computation, morphogenesis and evolutionary computation, context matters: LabStudio and biosynthesis, growing living building: tissue and genetic engineering in architecture and design, and "protocell" architecture and SynBioDesign.
Citation: Satoru Okuda et al., Strain-triggered mechanical feedback in self-organizing optic-cup morphogenesis. Science Advances, 2018; 4 (11): eaau1354 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau1354
Salivary glands undergo process of branching morphogenesis during their development similar to that seen in other organs such as lungs, kidneys and mammary glands.14,15 Salivary gland bud continues to branch and many new buds are formed which gives it an overall appearance like bunch of grapes.
It has been widely held that tooth morphogenesis is characterized by the sequential interactions between the mesenchymal cells derived from the cranial neural crest, and the stomadial epithelium [19, 20].
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.
She has notably worked on the heavy metal detoxification mechanisms, salt stress tolerance mechanisms, and bacterial morphogenesis," the UNESCO statement noted.
Morphogenesis is an important tool for the evaluation and understanding of the development of forage plants, as it determines herbage accumulation in the pasture.
Hyaluronan, a GAG, is synthesized without a core protein and major component in the ECM of most mammalian tissues, and accumulates in cell division and remodeling that occurs during morphogenesis, inflammation and tumorigenesis.