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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.

RELATED WORDS

deformity, deformation, unsightliness, pout, twist, grimace, ugliness, dislocation, malformation, misproportion, wryness

Nearby words

anamniote, anamorphic, anamorphic lens, anamorphism, anamorphoscope, anamorphosis, ananas, anancy, ananda, anandamide, anandrous

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

/ (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

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

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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