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.
An old name for fossil ammonite shells, from their snake-like appearance; a snake-stone.
The surgical and mechanical correction of structural deformities.
1. Relating to, or referring to, a map or chart on which small shapes or areas are accurately represented.
2. Preserving the correct shape.
orthomorphic projection
A map projection in which a small area is rendered in its true shape.
The correct form.
pantomorphic (adjective), more pantomorphic, most pantomorphic
A reference to being capable of assuming various shapes, forms, and sizes.
para-morphine, thebaine
A white, crystalline alkaloid derived from opium with a melting point of is 193°C.

It is soluble in alcohol and ether and is used as a medicine.

The change of one mineral species to another, so as to involve a change in physical characters without alteration of chemical composition.
Shape of the body resulting from pregnancy and childbearing.
pathomorphism (s) (noun), pathomorphisms (pl)
Abnormal morphology of an organism or organ: In her medical class, Peggy viewed the pathomorphism of the unusual and bizarre forms and structures of the internal organs of the dead body.
pedomorphism (s) (noun), pedomorphisms (pl)
Childhood characteristics in certain adult mammals.
perimorph, perimorphic, perimorphism, perimorphous
1. A mineral that encloses a different mineral.
2. A crystal of one mineral enclosing that of another mineral.
Like or pertaining to the pigeons or Columbae.
phacomorphic glaucoma
Secondary glaucoma caused by either an excessive size or spherical shape of the lens of the eye.

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