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morphogenesis

Pronunciation: mor'fo-jen'e-sis

Definition:

  1. Differentiation of cells and tissues in the early embryo that establishes the form and structure of the various organs and parts of the body.
  2. The ability of a molecule or group of molecules (particularly macromolecules) to assume a certain shape.

[morpho- + G. genesis, production]

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