anamorphism

[an-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m]
noun Geology.
  1. metamorphism, usually occurring deep under the earth's surface, that changes simple minerals to complex minerals.
Compare katamorphism.

Origin of anamorphism

First recorded in 1830–40; ana- + -morphism
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anamorphism

noun
  1. intense metamorphism of a rock in which high-density complex minerals are formed from simpler minerals of lower density
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Word Origin and History for anamorphism
n.

"distorted projection or perspective," 1836; see anamorphosis + -ism.

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