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morphology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n morphology the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
    • n morphology the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms
    • n morphology the admissible arrangement of sounds in words
    • n morphology studies of the rules for forming admissible words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Morphology (Biol) That branch of biology which deals with the structure of animals and plants, treating of the forms of organs and describing their varieties, homologies, and metamorphoses. See Tectology, and Promorphology.
    • Morphology (Linguistics) The branch of linguistics which studies the patterns by which words are formed from other words, including inflection, compounding, and derivation.
    • Morphology (Biol) The form and structure of an organism.
    • Morphology The study of the patterns of inflection of words or word classes in any given language; the study of the patterns in which morphemes combine to form words, and the rules for combination; morphemics; as, the morphology of Spanish verbs; also, the inflection patterns themselves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morphology The science of organic form; the science of the outer form and internal structure (without regard to the functions) of animals and plants; that department of knowledge which treats both of the ideal types or plans of structure, and of their actual development or expression in living organisms. It has the same scope and application in organic nature that crystallology has in the inorganic.
    • n morphology The science of structure, or of forms, in language. It is that division of the study of language which deals with the origin and function of inflections and derivational forms, or of the more formal as distinguished from the more material part of speech.
    • n morphology In physical geography, the study of the form of lands.
    • n morphology Structural psychology (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Morphology the science of organic form, of the development of the forms of living organisms
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. morfh` form + -logy,: cf. F. morphologie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. morphē, form.

Usage

In literature:

Like all hostile men, he passes over the explanation given of Classification, Morphology, Embryology, and Rudimentary Organs, etc.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Is this not very curious, and opposed to the morphological idea that a flower is a condensed continuous spire of leaves?
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
They could no longer be regarded as morphologically distinct species, for they would not be distinctly definable one from the other.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
The Evergreens are a very interesting study and an excellent exercise in morphology for the older scholars.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
Goethe and Von Baer discovered at the same time Morphology.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
New morphological features due to phonetic change.
"Language" by Edward Sapir
This fact is the basis of the anxieties and fears of morphological abnormality so frequent during adolescence.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
The same simple conception is said to unlock innumerable problems of vegetable morphology, large and small alike.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Conservatism: among orientals, 284; of woman, morphological and physiological, 18, 19, 51.
"Sex and Society" by William I. Thomas
Zoological morphology is the doctrine of animal form or structure.
"Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews" by Thomas Henry Huxley
I'm sure all these morphological changes and disgusting intimacies will fascinate you, Dr. Morees.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Now much else remains to be examined and described in the morphology of groups.
"Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego" by Sigmund Freud
Morphology of the blood corpuscles.
"United States Government Publications, v. 8 Jan-Jun 1892" by Compiled
Most specimens from Kansas are of intermediate morphology.
"The Breeding Birds of Kansas" by Richard F. Johnston
The genus is readily divided into two species-groups on morphological characters; this division is supported by the breeding calls.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
With Forbes he worked at marine zoology, but human anatomy, pathology and morphology formed his chief study.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
Our small samples of birds and reptiles from the island show no detectable morphological differentiation from adjacent populations.
"Vertebrates from the Barrier Island of Tamaulipas, México" by Robert K Selander
Hall 2, Animal Morphology.
"International Congress of Arts and Science, Volume I" by Various
The small number of known species of pygmy mice suggests their conservatism in elaboration of morphological characters.
"Speciation and Evolution of the Pygmy Mice, Genus Baiomys" by Robert L. Packard
The slight degree of morphological divergence is such that intergrades might be expected to occur.
"Speciation of the Wandering Shrew" by James S. Findley
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In news:

"She absolutely dominated the field of plant anatomy and morphology for several decades," said Dr Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
First-order Relationships Between Lunar Crater Morphology, Degree of Degradation, and Relative Age: The Crater Degradation Index.
Sir—Stem cells can sometimes be identified by their morphology or location.
Barley is a species with a broad spectrum of morphological characteristics, as illustrated by these strains.
We investigate the use of a morphological neural network to improve the performance of information retrieval systems.
A morphological neural network is a neural network based on lattice algebra that is capable of solving decision boundary problems.
We propose an efficient framework for human-aided morphological annotation of a large spontaneous speech corpus such as the Corpus of Spontaneous Japanese.
Urban morphology seeks to understand the spatial structure and character of an urban area by examining its patterns and the process of its development.
CCTA Enables Cardiac Morphology With High Resolution.
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) enables cardiac morphology with high and isotropic spatial resolution, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 54, No 13.
T-Wave Morphology Opens New Door to Cardiovascular Mortality Prognosis.
Correlation between otitis media and craniofacial morphology in adults.
Natural Variation in Leaf Morphology Results from Mutation of a Novel KNOX Gene.
Utility in delineating morphology and function.
Which morphologic type of this condition does not place the patient at increased risk for malignancy.
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In science:

The survey spans all morphological types from S0a to Irregulars.
Environmental Effects on the Kinematics of Virgo Cluster Galaxies
The z ∼ 1 radio galaxy 3C 280 has a particularly striking rest-frame UV morphology, with multiple line and continuum components precisely aligned with the radio structure, including an obvious semi-circular arc.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
Our understanding of the physical processes underlying the detailed morphologies of high-redshift radio galaxies, including the well-known radio-optical alignment effect (Chambers, Miley, & van Breugel 1987; McCarthy et al. 1987), remains unclear.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
Our imaging and spectroscopic observations of 3C 280 have allowed us to determine the probable sources of the rest-frame optical and UV emission we observe from most of the morphological components.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
For this fiber configuration, we implemented a combined U V I and morphology cut, and also extended the magnitude ranges to V < 20.5.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
The images are diplayed with a power-law scale, so that details of the morphology at all flux levels can be seen.
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
Since #1042 lies within the UDF more accurate photometry and morphological information should soon be available for this ob ject.
Three Lyman-alpha Emitters at z approx 6: Early GMOS/Gemini Data from the GLARE Project
Direct numerical simulations, however, show that shock accelerated electrons produce radio maps where the emission has an irregular morphology and is mostly concentrated in the outer regions (see Fig. 3; Miniati et al. 2001a).
Non-thermal particles in the intergalactic and intracluster medium
Thus, the IC emission they produce is extended and reveals a rich morphology reflecting the complex “web” of accretion shocks surrounding GCs (Miniati et al. 2000).
Non-thermal particles in the intergalactic and intracluster medium
These clusters span the full range of X –ray properties (morphology, central galaxy line emission, cooling flow rate, core radius) found in larger X –ray lu minous samples (e.g.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
The morphology of candidate multiples strongly suggests that they are multiply–imaged, but the redshift of these systems is le ss well defined ( ∆z∼>0.1) and not all counter–images may be identi fied.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
The seven unrelaxed clust ers all have irregular X –ray morphologies, and four of them (A 68, A 773, A 2218, A 2219) have bi/tri–modal mass morphologies.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
The differences in cluster X –ray and mass morphologies noted above imp ly that the X –ray and mass morphological evolution of clusters may follow different evolutionary paths, even if the overall relaxation timescales are indeed comparable.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Table 3 gives a summary of the morphological characterizations available, while the adopted morphology is given in Table 1.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
With our greatly enlarged sample of MCPN with known morphologies, plus measurements of the nebular [N II] line fluxes, we can gain additional insight into the connection between morphology and chemical enhancements.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
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