morphology

Morphology is the study of how things are put together, like the make-up of animals and plants, or the branch of linguistics that studies the structure of words.

In morphology, the word part morph- means "form" and -ology means "the study of." So, those who study how something is made or formed are engaged in morphology. In biology, the morphology of fish might investigate how the gills work as part of the respiratory system. In language morphology, you might study how prefixes and suffixes added to a word change its meaning.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: morphology

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the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
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n
the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: morphology
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n the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants

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anatomy, general anatomy
the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
applied anatomy, clinical anatomy
the practical application of anatomical knowledge to diagnosis and treatment
comparative anatomy
the study of anatomical features of animals of different species
developmental anatomy
the branch of anatomy that studies structural changes of an individual from fertilization to maturity
functional anatomy, morphophysiology, physiological anatomy
the study of anatomy in its relation to function
gross anatomy, macroscopic anatomy
the study of the structure of the body and its parts without the use of a microscope
microscopic anatomy
the study of microscopic structures of tissues and organs
neuroanatomy
the anatomy of the nervous system
osteology
the branch of anatomy that studies the bones of the vertebrate skeleton
regional anatomy, topographic anatomy, topology
the study of anatomy based on regions or divisions of the body and emphasizing the relations between various structures (muscles and nerves and arteries etc.) in that region
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biological science, biology
the science that studies living organisms

n studies of the rules for forming admissible words

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accidence, inflectional morphology
the part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words
derivational morphology
the part of grammar that deals with the derivations of words
compound morphology
the part of grammar that deals with combinations of simple words into compound words
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grammar
the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

n the admissible arrangement of sounds in words

Synonyms:
sound structure, syllable structure, word structure
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affixation
the result of adding an affix to a root word
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structure
the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
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n the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms

Synonyms:
geomorphology
Types:
plate tectonic theory, plate tectonics, tectonics
the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust
lithology, petrology
the branch of geology that studies rocks: their origin and formation and mineral composition and classification
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geophysical science, geophysics
geology that uses physical principles to study properties of the earth
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