Definition of morphology in English:


Pronunciation /môrˈfäləjē/ /mɔrˈfɑlədʒi/

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  • 1The study of the forms of things.

    1. 1.1Biology The branch of biology that deals with the form of living organisms, and with relationships between their structures.
      ‘Analysis of covariance revealed some relationships between subspecies morphology / growth habit and local environmental conditions.’
      • ‘Organisms were identified by morphology and biochemical reactions.’
      • ‘Gross changes in chromosome morphology occur at each mitosis.’
      • ‘Given the relationship with male morphology, another question arising from these studies is what determines wasp body size.’
      • ‘Indeed, far more studies have examined the relationship between morphology and performance than between performance and fitness.’
    2. 1.2Linguistics The study of the forms of words.
      ‘Dialect encompasses various aspects of the language - syntax, morphology, lexicon, phonology.’
      • ‘In some circumstances, languages borrow morphology as well as vocabulary.’
      • ‘French has inflectional morphology to indicate plurality, person, number, and tense, so inflection is not a foreign concept.’
      • ‘Of central concern is the relationship between morphology and phonology.’
      • ‘The general implication is that the ambiguities that exist in the relationships between orthography, phonology, and morphology underlie spelling knowledge.’
      inflection, form, ending


Mid 19th century from Greek morphē ‘form’+ -logy.