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morphologymor‧phol‧o‧gy /mɔːˈfɒlədʒi $ mɔːrˈfɑː-/ noun (plural morphologies) technical  1 [uncountable]SL the study of the morphemes of a language and of the way in which they are joined together to make wordssyntax2 [uncountable]HB the scientific study of the form and structure of animals and plants3 [countable, uncountable]SYSTEM the structure of an object or system or the way it was formedmorphological /ˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪkəl◂ $ ˌmɔːrfəˈlɑː-/ adjective the morphological features of cellsmorphologically /-kli/ adverb
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morphologyHe had a hungry face; in it Marge detected a morphology she recognized.These aspects of language performance are more under conscious control than are aspects of sentence structure and morphology.The Table shows the relation of the number of micro-organisms with both bacterial morphology and their modes of contact with gastric epithelium.Here, as in other areas, we see ecology emerging from a deliberate revolt against the evolutionary morphology of earlier decades.In addition to those with macrophage morphology, a population of smaller and more densely stained cells, could be identified.Inevitably, therefore, our understanding of the site's morphology is considerably clearer than its progressive stages of development.Vertebrates have a much more intricate and sensitive morphology.There are significant differences in the morphology and degree of volcanic activity associated with these two types of rift.
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