metamorphosis

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1533, from Ancient Greek μεταμόρφωσις (metamórphōsis), from μετά (metá, change) + μορφή (morphḗ, form)

Noun[edit]

metamorphosis (plural metamorphoses)

  1. A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery
  2. A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.
  3. (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.)
  4. (pathology) A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.

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