- change of form, shape, structure, or substance; specif., 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 undergone by various animals during development after the embryonic state, as of the tadpole to the frog or of the larva of an insect to the pupa and the pupa to the adult
- Med. a pathological change of form of some tissues
Origin of metamorphosisClassical Latin from Classical Greek metamorph?sis from metamorphoun, to transform, transfigure from meta, over (see meta-) + morph?, form, shape