Definition of transmutation in English:


Syllabification: trans·mu·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌtransmyo͞oˈtāSHən, ˌtranz-


  • 1The action of changing or the state of being changed into another form: the transmutation of the political economy of the postwar years was complete
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    • Ethnicity and location have undergone interesting transmutations in contemporary times.
    • Of course, I can do multiple transmutations at the same time.
    • They have formed the basis for the English theatrical tradition, and they continue to find realization in readers' imaginations and, in richly varied transmutations, on the world's stages.
  • 1.1 Physics The changing of one element into another by radioactive decay, nuclear bombardment, or similar processes.
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    • By 1902 Rutherford and his colleague Frederick Soddy were proposing that a different chemical element is formed whenever a radioactive element decays, a process known as transmutation.
    • In other words, the radioactive atom has undergone a transmutation from one element to another.
    • In 1903, Ernest Rutherford and Frederick Soddy made the astonishing discovery that natural radioactivity involves transmutation.
  • 1.2 Biology , chiefly • historical The conversion or transformation of one species into another.
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    • The example cited by you, as proof of beneficial mutations (of bacterial resistance to antibiotics) is irrelevant to the Darwinian explanation of the transmutation of species.
    • So he either has complete fixism of species, or he has transmutation of species.
    • With Darwin we have even more of a puzzle, because we have more evidence in his notebooks on his thoughts about the transmutation of species.
  • 1.3The supposed alchemical process of changing base metals into gold.
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    • Alchemical symbolism permeates several of Shakespeare's plays; King Lear in particular has been interpreted as an allegory of alchemical transmutation.
    • The idea of transmutation through alchemy was one that was taken quite seriously and Dee was granted special rights far beyond someone of his standing.
    • Among the alchemists's asserted aims were the transmutation of base metals into gold, as well as the preparation of an elixir of longevity and a universal cure for illness.



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  • The transmutational offensives wait in anticipation.
  • However, the transmutational process remained a mystery to them, as humans struggled to explain it within terms of entropy and enthalpy.
  • They were an interesting forerunner to my true transmutational thoughts - which came later.


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  • This concept made Darwin an evolutionist in a sense that does not apply to earlier transmutationists like Lamarck and Erasmus Darwin.
  • In the nineteenth century a series of scholars began to uphold not just transmutationist doctrines but theories suggestive of what eventually would become known as Darwinian natural selection.
  • In effect, they claimed, transmutation undermined the very evidence the transmutationists were using to support their case.

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