AskDefine | Define morphology

Dictionary Definition



1 the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
2 studies of the rules for forming admissible words
3 the admissible arrangement of sounds in words [syn: sound structure, syllable structure, word structure]
4 the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms [syn: geomorphology]

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From Greek μορφή (form, shape), plus λογία (collection).


  1. The form and structure of something.
  2. A description of the form and structure of something.
  3. A scientific study of form and structure, usually without regard to function.
  4. The study of the structure of rocks and landforms.
  5. The study of the form and structure of animals and plants.
  6. The study of the internal structure of words.

Related terms


the form and structure of something
  • Russian: морфология
a description of the form and structure of something
  • Russian: морфология
a scientific study of form and structure
  • Russian: морфология
  • Russian: морфология
  • Russian: морфология
  • Czech: morfologie, tvarosloví
  • Russian: морфология

Extensive Definition

Morphology may mean:
morphology in Bulgarian: Морфология
morphology in Catalan: Morfologia
morphology in Czech: Morfologie
morphology in Welsh: Morffoleg (gwahaniaethu)
morphology in Danish: Morfologi
morphology in German: Morphologie
morphology in Estonian: Morfoloogia (täpsustus)
morphology in Spanish: Morfología
morphology in Esperanto: Morfologio
morphology in French: Morphologie
morphology in Galician: Morfoloxía (homónimos)
morphology in Croatian: Morfologija
morphology in Ido: Morfologio
morphology in Indonesian: Morfologi
morphology in Italian: Morfologia
morphology in Hebrew: מורפולוגיה
morphology in Georgian: მორფოლოგია
morphology in Kurdish: Morfolojî
morphology in Lithuanian: Morfologija
morphology in Macedonian: Морфологија
morphology in Dutch: Morfologie
morphology in Japanese: 形態学
morphology in Norwegian: Morfologi
morphology in Polish: Morfologia
morphology in Portuguese: Morfologia
morphology in Romanian: Morfologie
morphology in Russian: Морфологический анализ
morphology in Simple English: Morphology
morphology in Slovak: Morfológia
morphology in Swedish: Morfologi
morphology in Thai: สัณฐานวิทยา (แก้ความกำกวม)
morphology in Vietnamese: Hình thái học
morphology in Turkish: Morfoloji
morphology in Ukrainian: Морфологія

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

IC analysis, accidence, affix, affixation, allomorph, anatomist, anatomy, angiography, angiology, anthropotomy, bound morpheme, bowwow theory, comparative linguistics, conjugation, cutting, declension, derivation, descriptive grammar, descriptive linguistics, dialectology, difference of form, dingdong theory, enclitic, etymology, form, formative, free form, generative grammar, geomorphology, glossematics, glossology, glottochronology, glottology, grammar, grammatical analysis, grammatical theory, grammaticality, graphemics, histologist, histology, historical linguistics, immediate constituent analysis, infix, infixation, inflection, language study, lexicology, lexicostatistics, linguistic geography, linguistic science, linguistics, mathematical linguistics, morph, morpheme, morphemic analysis, morphemics, morphologist, morphophonemics, myography, myology, organography, organology, osteography, osteology, paleography, paradigm, parsing, philology, phonetics, phonology, phrase-structure grammar, prefix, prefixation, proclitic, psycholinguistics, radical, root, rules of language, school grammar, semantics, sociolinguistics, splanchnography, splanchnology, stem, stratificational grammar, structural grammar, structuralism, suffix, suffixation, syntactics, tagmemic analysis, tectology, theme, traditional grammar, transformational grammar, transformational linguistics, word-formation, zootomy
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