katamorphism

[ kat-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m ]
/ ˌkæt əˈmɔr fɪz əm /
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noun Geology.

metamorphism at or near the earth's surface: breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones.
Compare anamorphism.

Origin of katamorphism

First recorded in 1900–05; kata- + -morphism
Related formskat·a·mor·phic, adjective
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