Transmutation definition

trănsmyo͝o-tāshən, trănz-
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A transmuting or being transmuted; change of one thing into another.
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The supposed conversion of base metals into gold or silver in alchemy.
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The conversion of one thing into something else; transformation.
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(physics) Transformation of one element into another by one or a series of nuclear reactions.
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The act or an instance of transmuting; transformation.
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The state of being transmuted.
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(alchemy) The conversion of base metals into gold and silver.
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(chem.) The conversion of atoms of a given element into atoms of a different isotope or of a different element, as in radioactive disintegration or by nuclear bombardment.
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The changing of one chemical element into another. Transmutations occur naturally through radioactive decay, or artificially by bombarding the nucleus of a substance with subatomic particles.
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(alchemy) Specifically, the supposed transformation of one element into another, especially of a base metal into gold.
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(physics) The actual transformation of one element into another by a nuclear reaction.
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(rare) A fluctuation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
transmutation
Plural:
transmutations

Origin of transmutation

  • From Middle French transmutation, or its source, Late Latin transmutationem, from Latin transmutare (“to change").

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