metasomatism

noun
meta·​so·​ma·​tism | \ ˌme-tə-ˈsō-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce metasomatism (audio) \

Definition of metasomatism

: metamorphism that involves changes in the chemical composition as well as in the texture of rock

Other Words from metasomatism

metasomatic \ ˌme-​tə-​sō-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce metasomatism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of metasomatism

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metasomatism

metasomatic from German metasomatisch, from Greek meta- + sōmat-, sōma body

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The first known use of metasomatism was in 1886

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“Metasomatism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metasomatism. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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