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met·a·mor·pho·sis

 (mĕt′ə-môr′fə-sĭs)
n. pl. met·a·mor·pho·ses (-sēz′)
1. A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
2. A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
3. 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.
4. A usually degenerative change in the structure of a particular body tissue.

[Latin metamorphōsis, from Greek, from metamorphoun, to transform : meta-, meta- + morphē, form.]

metamorphosis

(ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. a complete change of physical form or substance
2. a complete change of character, appearance, etc
3. a person or thing that has undergone metamorphosis
4. (Zoology) zoology the rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in certain animals, for example the stage between tadpole and frog or between chrysalis and butterfly
[C16: via Latin from Greek: transformation, from meta- + morphē form]

met•a•mor•pho•sis

(ˌmɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. a profound change in form from stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the pupa to the adult butterfly.
2. a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic.
3. any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.
4.
a. a type of alteration or degeneration in which tissues are changed.
b. the resultant form.
[1525–35; < New Latin < Greek metamórphōsis transformation. See meta-, -morph, -osis]
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metamorphosis
development of a monarch butterfly from egg to larva (caterpillar) to pupa (cocoon) to imago (adult)

met·a·mor·pho·sis

(mĕt′ə-môr′fə-sĭs)
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.

metamorphosis

1. change in form, structure, appearance, etc.
2. magical transformation. — metamorphic, metamorphous, adj.
See also: Change, Magic
a change or succession of changes in form during the life cycle of an animal, allowing it to adapt to different environmental conditions, as a caterpillar into a butterfly.
See also: Zoology

metamorphosis

Change in the form of certain organisms between the juvenile and adult stages, e.g. tadpole and frog.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metamorphosis - the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animalsmetamorphosis - the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
hemimetabolism, hemimetaboly, hemimetamorphosis - incomplete or partial metamorphosis in insects
heterometabolism, heterometaboly - development of insects with incomplete metamorphosis in which no pupal stage precedes maturity
holometabolism, holometaboly - complete metamorphosis in insects
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
2.metamorphosis - a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances; "the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting"
revision, alteration - the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion"
3.metamorphosis - a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraftmetamorphosis - a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
translation, transformation - the act of changing in form or shape or appearance; "a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface"

metamorphosis

metamorphosis

noun
The process or result of changing from one appearance, state, or phase to another:
Translations
تَحَوُّل، مَسْخ
proměna
forvandling
muodonmuutos
metamorfoza
metamorfózis
umbreyting; hamskipti
metamorfozė
metamorfoze
başkalaşımmetamorfoz

metamorphosis

[ˌmetəˈmɔːfəsɪs] N (metamorphoses (pl)) [ˌmetəˈmɔːfəsiːz]metamorfosis f inv

metamorphosis

[ˌmɛtəˈmɔːrfəsɪs] [metamorphoses] [ˌmɛtəˈmɔːrfəsiːs] (pl) nmétamorphose f

metamorphosis

n pl <metamorphoses> → Metamorphose f; (fig)Verwandlung f

metamorphosis

[ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs] n (metamorphoses (pl)) [ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsiːz]metamorfosi f inv

metamorphosis

(metəˈmoːfəsis) plural ˌmetaˈmorphoses (-siːz) noun
(a) marked change of form, appearance, character etc. a caterpillar's metamorphosis into a butterfly.

met·a·mor·pho·sis

n. metamorfosis.
1. cambio de forma o estructura;
2. cambio degenerativo patológico.