anamorphosis

[an-uh-mawr-fuh-sis, -mawr-foh-sis]
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noun, plural an·a·mor·pho·ses [an-uh-mawr-fuh-seez, -mawr-foh-seez] /ˌæn əˈmɔr fəˌsiz, -mɔrˈfoʊ siz/.
  1. a drawing presenting a distorted image that appears in natural form under certain conditions, as when viewed at a raking angle or reflected from a curved mirror.
  2. the method of producing such a drawing.
  3. Zoology, Entomology. the gradual change in form from one type to another during the evolution of a group of organisms.
  4. (in certain arthropods) metamorphosis in which body parts or segments are added to those already present.

Origin of anamorphosis

1720–30; < Greek, equivalent to anamorphō- (variant stem of anamorphoûn to transform; see ana-, morpho-) + -sis -sis
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anamorphosis

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. optics
    1. an image or drawing distorted in such a way that it becomes recognizable only when viewed in a specified manner or through a special device
    2. the process by which such images or drawings are produced
  2. the evolution of one type of organism from another by a series of gradual changes

Word Origin for anamorphosis

C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape
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Word Origin and History for anamorphosis
n.

"distorted projection or drawing that looks normal from a particular angle or with a certain mirror," 1727, from Greek anamorphosis "transformation," noun of action from anamorphoein "to transform," from ana "up" (see ana-) + morphosis, from morphe "form" (see Morpheus).

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