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.
2. A tumor resembling a cyst, with fluid, granular, or pulpy contents, but without a capsule.
2. The various changes that occur within a cell during the entire course of its life cycle.
2. Of definite form and shape; a term applied in the past to the parietal cells of the gastric glands which secrete hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor or a protein produced in the stomach that promotes the absorption of vitamin B12 in the small intestine.
3. Having a conspicuous shape.
2. In botany, the occurrence of two distinct forms of the same parts in one plant, as in the juvenile and adult leaves of ivy.
3. In chemistry, the property of certain substances that enables them to exist in two distinct crystalline forms while having the same chemical composition.
2. Characterized by a regular alternation of parasitic and nonparasitic phases, as in the life cycle of gordian (long slender worms found in water whose larva live as parasites on arthropods) or horsehair worms (nematode worms that live as parasites in the digestive tracts of domestic animals).
2. Pertaining to an organism or substance that exists in two distinct forms.
2. A branch of clinical genetics concerned with the diagnosis and interpretation of patterns of the three types of structural defects: malformation, disruption, and deformation.
2. The study of malformations.
2. An abnormal dread of deformity, particularly in others.