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Pronunciation:  `metu'morfusis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
  2. [n]  a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances; "the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting"
  3. [n]  the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

METAMORPHOSIS is a 13 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: metabolism, transfiguration
 See Also: alteration, biological process, organic process, revision, transformation, translation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Met`a*mor"pho*sis\, n.; pl. {Metamorphoses}. [L.,
fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to be transformed; ? beyond, over + ? form.]
1. Change of form, or structure; transformation.

2. (Biol.) A change in the form or function of a living
   organism, by a natural process of growth or development;
   as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a
   tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom.
   Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an
   embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external
   form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in
   insects. In these intermediate stages sexual reproduction
   is usually impossible, but they ultimately pass into final
   and sexually developed forms, from the union of which
   organisms are produced which pass through the same cycle
   of changes. See {Transformation}.

3. (Physiol.) The change of material of one kind into another
   through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.

{Vegetable metamorphosis} (Bot.), the doctrine that flowers
   are homologous with leaf buds, and that the floral organs
   are transformed leaves.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a metamorphosis take place in your dream indicates sudden and rapid changes in your personal life. If the metamorphosis is a smooth one, then it indicates necessary changes for you to adapt to a new situation. However, if the metamorphosis is a complicated and unpleasant one, then it suggests that you are ill prepared for the changes in your life.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: avatar, catabolism, catalysis, consubstantiation, displacement, heterotopia, metabolism, metagenesis, metamorphism, metastasis, metathesis, metempsychosis, mutant, mutated form, mutation, permutation, reincarnation, sport, transanimation, transfiguration, transfigurement, transformation, transformism, translation, translocation, transmigration, transmogrification, transmutation, transposition, transubstantiation