metamorphism

noun
meta·​mor·​phism | \ ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce metamorphism (audio) \

Definition of metamorphism

: a change in the constitution of rock specifically : a pronounced change effected by pressure, heat, and water that results in a more compact and more highly crystalline condition

Examples of metamorphism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magnesite naturally forms in a few ways, like hydrothermal metamorphism, where the presence of water at high temperature and pressures changes magnesium-rich rocks like peridotte. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Can Now Make a Carbon-Trapping Mineral in a Lab," 15 Aug. 2018 The patterns match those seen in the Alps and the Himalayas — zones that seemed to be huge thrust faults, folds of immense proportion, metamorphism at extreme conditions. Longreads, "The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition," 12 Mar. 2018 Like many processes that occur at the Earth’s surface, the liberation of sediment from weathering rock is an intuitive process to visualize (compared to something like metamorphism). Brian Romans, WIRED, "Witnessing the Birth of Sediment," 2 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of metamorphism

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Metamorphism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metamorphism. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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