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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. The regeneration of specific tissue due to loss or death of the existing tissue.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. regeneration on a reduced scale of a body part; observed especially in invertebrates such as certain lobsters

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Among other things, they share two peculiar properties: morphallaxis and biological immortality.

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