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Thursday 10 July 2003

Definition: The coming into being of form. Morphogenesis involves coordinated proliferation, differentiation and spatial distribution of cells.


- branching morphogenesis
- tubular morphogenesis

  • renal tubular morphogenesis


- dysmorphogenesis

See also

- organogenesis
- molecular morphogenesis


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- Martinez-Frias ML, Frias JL, Opitz JM. Errors of morphogenesis and developmental field theory. Am J Med Genet. 1998 Apr 1;76(4):291-6. PMID: 9545092