Metamorphic meaning

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The definition of metamorphic is characterized or formed by changing.

An example of something metamorphic is a caterpillar turning into a butterfly; a metamorphic animal.

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(geology) Changed in structure or composition as a result of metamorphism. Used of rock.
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Of, characterized by, causing, or formed by metamorphism or metamorphosis.
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Relating to or characterized by metamorphosis.
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Of, relating to, or characterized by metamorphosis.
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(zoology) Relating to metamorphosis.
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(geology) Relating to rocks that have undergone metamorphism. Metamorphic rocks are formed when igneous, sedimentary, or other metamorphic rocks undergo a physical change due to extreme heat and pressure. These changes often produce folded layers or banding in the rocks, and they can also cause pockets of precious minerals to form. The folds and banding can be produced by incomplete segregation of minerals during recrystallization, or they can be inherited from preexisting beds in sedimentary rocks or preexisting layers in igneous rocks. The precious minerals can form as the result of recrystallization when the rocks undergoing metamorphism are subjected to changes in pressure and temperature.
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(geology) Having been structurally altered as a result of, or resulting from, exposure to intense heat and/or pressure (at the contact zone between colliding plates, for example).
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(mineralogy) A rock that has been changed from its original form by subjection to heat and/or pressure.
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Origin of metamorphic

  • metamorph(osis) –ic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From metamorphosis +"Ž -ic.

    From Wiktionary