Definition of metamorphosis in English:


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

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.
    transformation, mutation, transmutation, change, alteration, conversion, modification, remodeling, reconstruction
    humorous transmogrification
    formal transubstantiation


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

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