American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The regeneration of a body part by means of structural or cellular reorganization with only limited production of new cells, observed primarily in invertebrate organisms, such as certain lobsters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The development of a new whole from a piece of an organism by a remodeling of the original piece into the typical form. A characteristic feature of the process is that it takes place without proliferation of new material at the cut surfaces of the piece. It is thus distinguished from the more common form of regeneration, or epimorphosis.
- n. regeneration on a reduced scale of a body part; observed especially in invertebrates such as certain lobsters
- New Latin : morph(o)- + Greek allaxis, exchange (from allassein, to exchange, from allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Among other things, they share two peculiar properties: morphallaxis and biological immortality.”
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