metamorphosis[-môr′fə sis, -môr fō′sis]
- Metamorphosis is defined as a change into something new, or the process of an insect or amphibian maturing into adult form.
- When you transform from an actor into the President of the U.S., this is an example of ametamorphosis.
- When a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, this is an example of ametamorphosis.
- change of form, shape, structure, or substance; transformation, as, in myths, by magic or sorcery
- the form resulting from such change
- a marked or complete change of character, appearance, condition, etc.
- Biol. a change in form, structure, or function as a result of development; specif., the physical transformation, more or less sudden, undergone by various animals during development after the embryonic state, as of the larva of an insect to the pupa and the pupa to the adult, or of the tadpole to the frog
- Med. a pathological change of form of some tissues
Origin of metamorphosisClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek metamorphōsis ; from metamorphoun, to transform, transfigure ; from meta, over (see meta-) + morphē, form, shape
- A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
- A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
- Biology Change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.
- A usually degenerative change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
Origin of metamorphosisLatin metamorphōsis, from Greek, from metamorphoun, to transform : meta-, meta- + morphē, form.
- A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery
- A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.
- (biology) A change in the form and often habits of an animal after the embryonic stage during normal development. (e.g. the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly or a tadpole into a frog.)
- (pathology) A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.
First attested in 1533, from Ancient Greek μεταμόρφωσις (metamorphōsis), from μετά (meta, “change”) + μορφή (morphē, “form”)