One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Biology. An anatomical structure or feature that has arisen during phylogeny as a new development, rather than by derivation from earlier features; a structure that does not have a homologue in earlier forms.
2Genetics. A mutant allele that produces an effect qualitatively different from that of the wild-type allele.
Late 19th century. From neo- + -morph. Compare slightly later neomorphism.
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