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anamorphosis

[ an-uh-mawr-fuh-sis, -mawr-foh-sis ]
/ ˌæn əˈmɔr fə sɪs, -mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs /
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noun, plural an·a·mor·pho·ses [an-uh-mawr-fuh-seez, -mawr-foh-seez]. /ˌæn əˈmɔr fəˌsiz, -mɔrˈfoʊ siz/.

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.
the method of producing such a drawing.
Zoology, Entomology. the gradual change in form from one type to another during the evolution of a group of organisms.
(in certain arthropods) metamorphosis in which body parts or segments are added to those already present.

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Origin of anamorphosis

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

anamorphosis
/ (ˌænəˈmɔːfəsɪs, -mɔːˈfəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

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  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
the evolution of one type of organism from another by a series of gradual changes
C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape
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