Definition of anamorphosis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈmôrfəsəs/

noun (plural anamorphoses /-fəˌsēz/)

1A distorted projection or drawing that appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens.
Example sentences
  • In these pages the ‘rude mechanicals’ are revealed, and the landscape suffers under their repetitious and certain anamorphoses.
  • Each has its own angle, as the phrase goes, or slant - the calculated warp or distortion of a perspective; they are, in effect, more like anamorphoses than representations of the object to which they are applied.
  • It is easy to read the death's head in The Ambassadors purely as an exercise in negation, particularly since the anamorphosis so unsettles one's sense of reality.
1.1The process by which anamorphic images are produced.
Example sentences
  • A torsion typical of anamorphosis twists the image, crumples it and alters it, attempting to introduce the eccentrical into the field of view.
  • Recognising the fluidity and occasional capriciousness of perception, Leonardo delighted in it, contriving not only rebuses or visual puns, but also optical illusions and even demonstrations of anamorphosis.
  • Indeed, a Double Head of a Fool from a century later by Jacob van der Heyden shows that fools, too, could be subjects of anamorphosis.
2 Biology A gradual, ascending progression or change of form to a higher type.
Example sentences
  • It may indeed be a matter of very grave consideration whether true anamorphosis ever occurs in the whole animal kingdom.
  • But the essential nature of evolutionary anamorphosis remains enigmatic.
  • It is therefore difficult to justify anamorphosis purely on the basis of its contribution to fitness.
2.1Development of the adult form through a series of small changes, especially in some arthropods, the acquisition of additional body segments after hatching.
Example sentences
  • The abdomen of Protura undergoes anamorphosis: in the first and second instars it has 9 segments, the third 10, and the rest 12.
  • Whether epimorphosis or anamorphosis is the primitive condition in centipedes has been extensively debated in the literature, but only through a rigorous phylogenetic framework can we understand this important evolutionary trend.
  • Only rarely have authors been able to rear a species from egg to adult to follow the anamorphosis.



Pronunciation: /-fik/
Example sentences
  • The colours of the anamorphic landscape on the lid of the virginals also appear very bleached in the photograph.
  • The anamorphic rendition shows occasional print damage, but few if any digital artifacts.
  • The technical failings of the anamorphic lens can be surmounted, but the aesthetics of a wide frame cannot be altered.


Early 18th century: from Greek anamorphōsis 'transformation', from ana- 'back, again' + morphosis 'a shaping' (from morphoun 'to shape', from morphē 'shape, form').

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Syllabification: an·a·mor·pho·sis

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