morphogenetic movement


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morphogenetic movement

[‚mȯr·fə·jə¦ned·ik müv·mənt]
(embryology)
Any movement of or within a cell that changes the shape of differentiating cells or tissues.
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Our results show that FAK has a critical role in morphogenesis and its activity is required for a specific morphogenetic movement called epiboly.
During the gastrula stage, structures are shaped through morphogenetic movement of tissue (mesoderm), injuring and disorganizing the invaded tissue architecture, which in turn promotes consequent proliferation and differentiation.