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trans·mu·ta·tion

 (trăns′myo͞o-tā′shən, trănz′-)
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of transmuting; transformation.
b. The state of being transmuted.
2. Physics Transformation of one element into another by one or a series of nuclear reactions.
3. The supposed conversion of base metals into gold or silver in alchemy.

trans′mu·ta′tion·al, trans·mut′a·tive (-myo͞o′tə-tĭv) adj.

transmutation

(ˌtrænzmjuːˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of transmuting
2. (Elements & Compounds) the change of one chemical element into another by a nuclear reaction
3. (Alchemy) the attempted conversion, by alchemists, of base metals into gold or silver
ˌtransmuˈtational, transˈmutative adj
ˌtransmuˈtationist n, adj

trans•mu•ta•tion

(ˌtræns myuˈteɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz-)

n.
1. the act or process of transmuting.
2. the fact or state of being transmuted.
3. the transformation of one species into another.
4. any process in which a nuclide is transformed into a different nuclide, usu. one of a different element.
5. (in alchemy) the conversion of base metals into metals of greater value, esp. into gold or silver.
[1350–1400; Middle English transmutacio(u)n (< Old French transmutation) < Latin trānsmūtātiō a changing, shifting, derivative of trānsmūtā(re) (see transmute)]
trans•mut′a•tive (-ˈmyu tə tɪv) adj.

trans·mu·ta·tion

(trăns′myo͞o-tā′shən)
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.

transmutation

the process or act of change, especially from one thing to another, as the change from base metal to gold, pursued by the alchemists. — transmutationist, n.transmutative, adj.
See also: Alchemy
the process or act of change, especially from one thing to another, as the change from base metal to gold, pursued by the alchemists. — transmutationist, n. — transmutative, adj.
See also: Change
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transmutation - an act that changes the form or character or substance of somethingtransmutation - an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
conversion - the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
2.transmutation - a qualitative changetransmutation - a qualitative change      
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
betterment, improvement, advance - a change for the better; progress in development
population shift - a change in the relative numbers of the different groups of individuals making up a population
pyrolysis - transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat
sea change - a profound transformation
sublimation - (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
tin disease, tin pest, tin plague - the transformation of ordinary white tin into powdery grey tin at very cold temperatures
changeover, conversion, transition - an event that results in a transformation
retrogression, degeneration - passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
strengthening - becoming stronger
weakening - becoming weaker
3.transmutation - (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment); "the transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

transmutation

noun
The process or result of changing from one appearance, state, or phase to another:
Translations

transmutation

[ˌtrænzmjuːˈteɪʃən] Ntransmutación f

transmutation

nVerwandlung f, → Umwandlung f; (Biol) → Umbildung f, → Transmutation f

trans·mu·ta·tion

n. transmutación.
1. transformación, cambio evolutivo;
2. cambio de una sustancia en otra.
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Where progressionists argued that the increasing complexity of organisms evident in the fossil sequence reveals a goal-directed ascent (or "progress") toward humankind and the unfolding of a divine plan, transmutationists interpreted the history of life as a material history of genealogical descent down to humankind.
While the "higher" instinct fits with idealist theories of human development, his representation of the "lower" instinct implicitly acknowledges the human kinship with animals that was central to transmutationist theories.
For all these reasons, then, it has been easy to treat Cuvier s science as conceptually conservative and the science of the transmutationists as conceptually progressive.