Words related to morphic


Middle English -ik, -ick, word-forming element making adjectives, "having to do with, having the nature of, being, made of, caused by, similar to," from French -ique and directly from Latin -icus or from cognate Greek -ikos "in the manner of; pertaining to." From PIE adjective suffix *-(i)ko, which also yielded Slavic -isku, adjectival suffix indicating origin, the source of the -sky (Russian -skii) in many surnames. In chemistry, indicating a higher valence than names in -ous (first in benzoic, 1791).

In Middle English and after often spelled -ick, -ike, -ique. Variant forms in -ick (critick, ethick) were common in early Modern English and survived in English dictionaries into early 19c. This spelling was supported by Johnson but opposed by Webster, who prevailed.

heteromorphic (adj.)
"having different or dissimilar forms, undergoing complete metamorphosis" (as insects do), 1851; see hetero- "other, different" + morphic.
holomorphic (adj.)
1871, from holo- + morphic (see metamorphosis). Related: Holomorphically.
homeomorphism (n.)
1854, from homeomorphous (1832), from homeo- + morphous (see morphic); originally of crystals. Homeomorphic is from 1902.
monomorphous (adj.)

"having one form only," by 1839, from mono- "one, single" + -morphic, from Greek morphē "form, shape" (see morphic).