meta·mor·pho·sis noun \ˌmet-ə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\
plural meta·mor·pho·ses \-ˌsēz\
: change of physical form, structure, or substance
: 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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