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.
Origin of metamorphosis
Synonyms for metamorphosis
Antonyms for metamorphosis
noun (German Die Verwandlung)
Related Words for metamorphosisrebirth, evolution, transfiguration, alteration, transubstantiation, transmogrification, change, translation, changeover, transmutation, mutation
Examples from the Web for metamorphosis
Contemporary Examples of metamorphosis
Metamorphosis is running at Lincoln Center, 63rd Street and 9th Avenue, until January 11, 2015.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
He wanted a model to be able to produce his metamorphosis, which is why he showed her in so many different ways.Picasso's Greatest Muse
April 15, 2011
Here was this person who was having a renaissance or a metamorphosis and seemed really joyous.Requiem For a Transsexual Sportswriter
December 17, 2009
The theme of the spread is described in an oblique caption as “metamorphosis.”Back to Blackface?
October 14, 2009
It has been, for Dobbs, a Kafka-like metamorphosis from WASPy establishmentarian to angry-populist cockroach.What Happened to the Real Lou?
August 5, 2009
Historical Examples of metamorphosis
How to explain the metamorphosis seemed for a time a mystery.
The metamorphosis excites in the beholder an emotion of joy.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now the metamorphosis was reversed: need it be wondered if I were sad?The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
I was handsome, and my vanity was sensibly tickled by the metamorphosis.Clarimonde
We see “the metamorphosis of a practical object into an unpractical one.”The Clyde Mystery
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.