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Medical Term:

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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