[ met-uh-soh-muh-tiz-uhm ]

  1. the series of metamorphic processes whereby chemical changes occur in minerals or rocks as a result of the introduction of material, often in hot aqueous solutions, from external sources.

Origin of metasomatism

First recorded in 1885–90; meta- + somat- + -ism
  • Also met·a·so·ma·to·sis [met-uh-soh-muh-toh-sis] /ˌmɛt əˌsoʊ məˈtoʊ sɪs/ .

Other words from metasomatism

  • met·a·so·mat·ic [met-uh-soh-mat-ik], /ˌmɛt ə soʊˈmæt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for metasomatism


metasomatosis (ˌmɛtəˌsəʊməˈtəʊsɪs)

/ (ˌmɛtəˈsəʊməˌtɪzəm) /

  1. change in the composition of a rock or mineral by the addition or replacement of chemicals

Origin of metasomatism

C19: from New Latin; see meta-, somato-

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Scientific definitions for metasomatism


[ mĕt′ə-sōmə-tĭz′əm ]

  1. The process by which the chemical composition of a rock is changed through the introduction or extraction of chemicals dissolved in fluids that migrate through the rock's pores. Metasomatism often results in the formation of new minerals, especially metal ore deposits.

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