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Morphogenesis

/ˌmôrfəˈjenəsəs/ Noun 1. The biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. It is one of three fundamental aspects of developmental biology along with the control of cell growth and cellular differentiation. (wikipedia.org) 2. The differentiation of tissues and subsequent growth of structures in an organism. (wiktionary.org) 3. The formation and differentiation of tissues and organs. (merriam-webster.com) 4. The formation of landforms or other structures. (Google Dictionary) 5. Formation of the structure of an organism or part; differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition) Word origin: From comb. form of Greek morphe “form, shape; beauty, outward appearance” + from Greek genesis “origin, creation, generation,” from gignesthai “to be born,” related to genos “race, birth,...

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Morphology

/môrˈfäləjē/ Noun 1. A scientific study of form and structure, usually without regard to function. Especially: (Linguistics) The study of the internal structure of morphemes (words and their semantic building blocks).(wiktionary.org) (Biology) The study of the form and structure of animals and plants (wiktionary.org); the biological study of the form and structure of living things. (biology-online.org) (Geology) The study of the structure of rocks and landforms (wiktionary.org). Note: Morphology may be regarded as a branch of biology that deals with both the external and internal structures of the organisms. Thus, it may be divided into two distinct branches: the anatomy and the eidonomy. (biology-online.org 2. The form and structure of something. (wiktionary.org) 3. A description of the form and structure of something. (wiktionary.org) Word origin: morpho, from comb. form of Greek morphe “form, shape; beauty, outward appearance” + -logy from Greek -logia (often via French –logie or Medieval Latin –logia), from root of legein “to speak;” thus, “the character or deportment of one who speaks or treats of (a certain...

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Mortality rate

1. The number of deaths per given unit of population over a given period of time. (wiktionary.org) 2. A measure of the number of deaths (in general, or due to a specific cause) in a population. Scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. Mortality rate is typically expressed in units of deaths per 1000 individuals per year; thus, a mortality rate of 9.5 (out of 1000) in a population of 1,000 would mean 9.5 deaths per year in that entire population, or 0.95% out of the total. (wikipedia.org) 3. The proportion of deaths in a population or to a specific number of the population. The ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year....

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