Metamorphosis meaning

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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 a metamorphosis.

When a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, this is an example of a metamorphosis.

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A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
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(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.)
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A usually degenerative change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
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A usually degenerative change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
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(pathology) A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.
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A marked or complete change of character, appearance, condition, etc.
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(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.
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Dramatic change in the form and often the habits of an animal during its development after birth or hatching. The transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and of a tadpole into an adult frog are examples of metamorphosis. The young of such animals are called larvae.
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A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery.
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A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.
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A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
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(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.
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(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.
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(med.) A pathological change of form of some tissues.
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A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
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A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
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Origin of metamorphosis

  • Latin metamorphōsis from Greek from metamorphoun to transform meta- meta- morphē form

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

  • First attested in 1533, from Ancient Greek μεταμόρφωσις (metamorphōsis), from μετά (meta, “change") + μορφή (morphÄ“, “form")

    From Wiktionary