Definition of morphallaxis in English:

morphallaxis

noun

Zoology
  • [mass noun] Regeneration by the transformation of existing body tissues.

    • ‘He coined the terms morphallaxis and epimorphosis to describe the two major types of regeneration.’
    • ‘If the body of an intact Hydra is severed in two, it regenerates by morphallaxis, which does not require new growth.’
    • ‘Recently we have begun investigations of synaptic molecules up-regulated specifically during morphallaxis.’
    • ‘The result of morphallaxis is usually a smaller but complete individual, derived entirely from the tissues of part of the original animal.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek morphē form + allaxis exchange.

Pronunciation:

morphallaxis

/ˌmɔːfəˈlaksɪs/