morpho-, morph-, -morphous, -morphically, -morphia, -morphosis, -morphously, -morphy, -morphic, -morphism

(Greek: shape, form, figure, appearance)

Origins of morpho- words

The Roman god of sleep is Somnus; so, when we are sleepy, we are "somnolent". Sleep walking is "somnambulism" which in Latin means exactly the same thing; that is, "sleepwalking".

The son of Somnus is Morpheus, the god of dreams, indicating that sleep gives birth to dreams. Morpheus goes back through Latin to the Greek word for "form" or "shape" because dreams are forms and shapes developed in the mind while sleeping.

—Compiled from
Words from the Myths by Isaac Asimov;
Houghton Mifflin Company; Boston; 1961; pages 43-44.
1. The sequence of development or change in an organism or in any of its parts.
2. The variation in morphogenesis of an individual induced by environmental changes.
1. The designation of a species based completely on its morphological characteristics.
2. A typological species distinguished solely on the basis of morphology.
The activity performed in the cerebral cortex of the parietal lobes in integrating concepts of shapes, sizes, and interrelationships of parts of the body so as to produce a body image.
morphotropism, morphotropic
1. The similarities of two crystals of different substances.
2. Similarity of structure, axial ratios, and angles between faces of one or more zones in crystalline substances whose formulas can be derived one from another by substitution.
An individual of one form of a polymorphic species.
Morphological variation, the variants within a species defined by variation in morphological characteristics.
Feigning the appearance of death, as certain beetles.
1. A structure, part, or organ developed independently; that is, not derived from a similar structure, part, or organ, in a formally existing form.
2. A new formation or development that is not inherited from a similar structure in an ancestor.
3. An entirely new feature or characteristic that has recently appeared in the course of evolutionary development.
1. A newly acquired bodily organ or part.
2. In biology, the development of a new form.
Regeneration in cases where the new part is unlike anything in the body.
An integration of systems containing electronic analog circuits that mimic neuro-biological architectures present in the nervous system.
A plant produced by hybridization.
Presenting few changes of form; not polymorphic.
ophiomorphic, ophiomorphous
Having the form of a serpent or snake; specifically, of or pertaining to the Ophiomorpha.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; form-; icono-; ideo-; imag-; -oid; typo-.