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. Having a deep or myopic eye.
2. Having a larger than normal ocular axial length.
bimorphemic (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to that which consists of two morphemes or the smallest meaningful elements of speech or writing: A few bimorphemic words include, waited, rays, and dogs.
Denoting the relationship between biologic action and chemical structure, as in food and drugs.
1. The study of the relationship between biologic action and chemical structure.
2. Macroscopic, or gross morphology, as revealed by biochemical techniques.
1. A nonrepresentational form or pattern that resembles a living organism in shape or appearance.
2. A decorative form or object resembling a living organism.
3. A graphical representation of an organism generated on a computer.
1. A reference to a decorative form representing a living object.
2. A life form often used in primitive art.
Having, or denoting, a shorter form than that of the usually accepted norm.
cacomorphosis (s) (noun), cacomorphoses (pl)
A bad form or shape: Due to a poor diet, Ted's son developed a cacomorphosis of his legs making them appear to be bowed and not straight; as, they usually are with normal physical development.
callimorph (s) (noun), callimorphs (pl)
A gorgeous or an outstanding appearance or configuration.
Shaped or in the form of a crab or crustacean.
Lampreys, hagfish; class of agnathan vertebrates lacking true gill-arch jaws; contains two extant orders, Petromyzoniformes, Myxiniformes, and the fossil Cehphalaspidiformes.
Chemically induced change in form or developmental stage.
1. The artificial formation of the eye pupil.
2. Establishment of an artificial pupil.
3. Surgical shaping of a pupillary opening in the iris.
In geology, a branch of geomorphology that involves the study of the processes and features of cold climates.
The temporary disfigurement caused by pregnancy.

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