noun, plural met·a·mor·pho·ses [met-uh-mawr-fuh-seez] /ˌmɛt əˈmɔr fəˌsiz/.
- a type of alteration or degeneration in which tissues are changed: fatty metamorphosis of the liver.
- the resultant form.
- metamorphosis, the,
Origin of metamorphosis
noun (German Die Verwandlung)
Examples from the Web for metamorphosis
Metamorphosis is running at Lincoln Center, 63rd Street and 9th Avenue, until January 11, 2015.
He wanted a model to be able to produce his metamorphosis, which is why he showed her in so many different ways.
Here was this person who was having a renaissance or a metamorphosis and seemed really joyous.
The theme of the spread is described in an oblique caption as “metamorphosis.”
There is no witchcraft here except that of love, and it was not difficult for that to work the metamorphosis.
To such an extent does the metamorphosis reach, that very often they are scarcely recognisable.The Life or Legend of Gaudama|Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
He thought he might observe it also during the metamorphosis of the tadpole into a frog, whilst the tail was being atrophied.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916|Olga Metchnikoff
The anterior antenn have undergone the metamorphosis already indicated.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
But it was with no knowledge of his metamorphosis that the changed man stared at the church and shuddered in the warm air.The Proud Prince|Justin Huntly McCarthy
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for metamorphosis
1530s, "change of form or shape," especially by witchcraft, from Latin metamorphosis, from Greek metamorphosis "a transforming, a transformation," from metamorphoun "to transform, to be transfigured," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + morphe "form" (see Morpheus). Biological sense is from 1660s. As the title of Ovid's work, late 14c., Metamorphoseos, from Latin Metamorphoses (plural).
n. pl. met•a•mor•pho•ses (-sēz′)
A change in an animal as it grows, particularly a radical change, such as the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.