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metamorphosis

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noun meta·mor·pho·sis \ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\

Simple Definition of metamorphosis

  • : a major change in the appearance or character of someone or something

  • biology : a major change in the form or structure of some animals or insects that happens as the animal or insect becomes an adult

Full Definition of metamorphosis

plural meta·mor·pho·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 a :  change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means b :  a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances

  2. 2 :  a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching

Examples of metamorphosis

  1. We have watched her metamorphosis from a shy schoolgirl into a self-confident businesswoman.

  2. a company that has gone through a series of metamorphoses

  3. The government has undergone political metamorphosis since his election.

  4. the metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs

  5. The class learned about how caterpillars undergo metamorphosis to become butterflies.



Origin of metamorphosis

Latin, from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun to transform, from meta- + morphē form


First Known Use: 1533

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METAMORPHOSIS Defined for Kids

metamorphosis

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noun meta·mor·pho·sis \ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\

Definition of metamorphosis

plural meta·mor·pho·ses \-fə-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  a great change in appearance or character

  2. 2 :  the process of great and usually rather sudden change in the form and habits of some animals during transformation from an immature stage (as a caterpillar) to an adult stage (as a butterfly)




Medical Dictionary

metamorphosis

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noun meta·mor·pho·sis \ˌmet-ə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\

Medical Definition of metamorphosis

plural meta·mor·pho·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  change of physical form, structure, or substance

  2. 2:  a marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching





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