Definition of metamorphosis in English:


Syllabification: met·a·mor·pho·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌmedəˈmôrfəsəs

noun (plural metamorphoses /-fəˌsēz/)

1(In an insect or amphibian) the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.
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  • This is followed by a discussion of metamorphosis in insects and amphibians.
  • If sufficient stimuli are present, the physiological process of metamorphosis is initiated within the larvae.
  • All flies undergo complete metamorphosis with egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages in their development.
1.1A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means: his metamorphosis from presidential candidate to talk-show host
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  • A close examination of the fresco reveals a series of allusions to metamorphosis.
  • And, just when you think it's over, it defies expectations and metamorphoses into something different and more compelling.
  • Later, we see her in real terror as Namtar's metamorphosis takes hold and changes her very being.


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun 'transform, change shape'.

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