One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The science of the fundamental morphology of organisms, which aims to describe in mathematical terms the stereometry and symmetries of organic forms; the features of organisms so studied. Now chiefly historical.
2The physical organization of the ovum or very early embryo, considered as prefiguring the subsequent morphology of the embryo or of the mature organism.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Francis Bell (1855–1924). From pro- + morphology, originally after German Promorphologie.
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