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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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However, in vitro propagation is only possible when considering the regenerative potential that each genotype has, giving the morphogenic responses that different types of explants, medium composition and culture conditions may present (ELHITI & STASOLLA, 2011).
During early tooth development, growth morphogenic proteins BMP s and the FGF family mediate inductive signaling.
Prior research had identified a molecule called bone morphogenic protein, or BMP, as one of these proteins that drives stem cells to become bone-forming cells.
"Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion involving a polyetheretherketone spacer and bone morphogenic protein." J Neurosurg: Spine 2: 521-525, 2005.
The cultures were established aseptically, formed characteristic calli and exhibited distinct morphogenic changes in 8 weeks.
Recently, other factors, such as the bone morphogenic proteins (BMP), have received more attention with respect to their implication in OA.
The approach combines the benefits of black plastic mulch with additional growth regulatory benefits of reflected morphogenic light to improve yield and quality of field-grown plant products.
In addition to GDF-1 and OP-1, Creative BioMolecules owns rights to other morphogenic proteins that show promise as potential therapies for neurological disorders.
fischeri indicate that noninfective strains are not morphogenic and that the bacteria must enter the light organ to induce morphogenesis.
An accompanying commentary notes that "ddRA is clearly a player of potential significance." But according to the author, Jeremy Brockes of the Middlesex Hospital in London, the case for ddRA's and retinoic acid's morphogenic role during embryonic development remains open.
The paired data of the 24 experimental units were used to estimate simple and partial correlations between the herbage accumulation and the morphogenic traits which were tested by the t test, adopting 5% and 1% as the critical level.