morphallaxis


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morphallaxis

(môr′fə-lăk′sĭs)
n. pl. morphal·laxes (-lăk′sēz)
The regeneration of a body part involving structural or cellular reorganization of existing tissues, occurring chiefly in invertebrates.
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In such cases it is usually concluded that regeneration involves morphallaxis with some contribution from epimorphosis, or vice versa (Dolmatov, 1992, 1999; VandenSpie-gel et al.
Gut regeneration by morphallaxis in the sea cucumber Leprosynapta clarki (Heding, 1928).
In echinoderms, the relative importance of morphallaxis and epimorphosis seems to be variable.