Definition of metamorphosis in English:


Line breaks: meta|mor¦phosis
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs
, ˌmɛtəmɔːˈfəʊsɪs

noun (plural metamorphoses /-siːz/)

[mass noun] Zoology
1(In an insect or amphibian) the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages: the persistence of the larval tail during metamorphosis [count noun]: in insects with a complete metamorphosis the wings arise from thickenings of the epidermis
More example sentences
  • 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: his metamorphosis from presidential candidate to talk-show host
More example sentences
  • 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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