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n. pl. an·a·mor·pho·ses (-sēz′)
a. An image that appears distorted unless it is viewed from a special angle or with a special instrument.
b. The production of such an image.
2. Evolutionary increase in complexity of form and function.

[New Latin anamorphōsis, from Late Greek anamorphoun, to transform : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek morphē, shape.]


(ˌænəˈmɔːfəsɪs; -mɔːˈfəʊsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (General Physics) optics
a. an image or drawing distorted in such a way that it becomes recognizable only when viewed in a specified manner or through a special device
b. the process by which such images or drawings are produced
2. (Biology) the evolution of one type of organism from another by a series of gradual changes
[C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape]


(ˌæn əˈmɔr fə sɪs, -mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz, -siz)
1. a drawing presenting a distorted image that appears in natural form under certain conditions, as when reflected from a curved mirror.
2. the gradual change in form from one type to another during the evolution of a group of organisms.
[1720–30; < Greek, <anamorphō–, variant s. of anamorphoun to transform (see ana-, morpho-)]


an abnormal change in the form of a plant that falsely gives it the appearance of a different species. — anamorphic, adj.
See also: Botany
See also: Art, Form, Representation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anamorphosis - the evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes
organic evolution, phylogenesis, phylogeny, evolution - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
2.anamorphosis - a distorted projection or perspectiveanamorphosis - a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner
copy - a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing; "she made a copy of the designer dress"; "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"
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Baltrusaitis, Jurgis (1996), Anamorphoses. Les Perspectives Depravees, 2 Vols., Paris, Flammarion (1a versao e edicao com o titulo Thaumaturgus Opticus, Paris, Idees et Recherches, 1984), ISBN 10: 2080816233.
"Anamorphoses in a Sonnet by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz." Discurso Literario, vol.
As occurs in catoptric (reflecting) anamorphoses, the mirror yields a more precise view of the image of the girl; in this fashion, the scene turns into the picture of a young woman looking at the beholder (177-78).
Lightness and complexity combine in anamorphoses and deformations, generating a kaleidoscopic flow of words, images, and details.
Ainsi, dans la foulee des anamorphoses des xve et xvie siecles, Perspection instaure un lien entre l'espace physique et l'espace des ecrans qui, selon le bon angle, semblent n'en former qu'un seul.
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[beaucoup moins que] Anamorphoses et certitudes [beaucoup plus grand que], une exposition de peinture de l'artiste Ameur Hachemi, inauguree samedi dernier a la galerie d'art Asselah-Hocine, Alger, a l'initiative de l'etablissement arts et culture.
market, Cogolin's optical Anamorphoses rug is handwoven from raffia and cotton on 19th-century Jacquard looms.
Perrot expertly weaves his study of James's literary anamorphoses in Chapter VII with other previously discussed themes (e.g.
La reference au passe, a la nostalgie et au reve, connotee par les anamorphoses et les ombres portees, s'impregne de references culturelles a peine voilees.
Besides the conventional maps, O'Brien and Palmer used two area cartograms (anamorphoses) in order to map the different global religious allegiances and the Jewish Diaspora in the world.
Galan owns one of the largest collections of anamorphoses, "those distorted paintings that, viewed in a convex mirror or from a certain perspective, suddenly resolve into natural proportions." As Gander describes it: