transformation

[trans-fer-mey-shuh n]
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noun


Origin of transformation

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin trānsfōrmātiōn- (stem of trānsfōrmātiō) change of shape. See trans-, formation
Related formstrans·for·ma·tion·al, adjectivenon·trans·for·ma·tion, nounre·trans·for·ma·tion, nounself-trans·for·ma·tion, noun
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  • Why did most morphologists join with him in belittling the organism's power of self-transformation?

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell


British Dictionary definitions for self-transformation

transformation

noun

a change or alteration, esp a radical one
the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
maths
  1. a change in position or direction of the reference axes in a coordinate system without an alteration in their relative angle
  2. an equivalent change in an expression or equation resulting from the substitution of one set of variables by another
physics a change in an atomic nucleus to a different nuclide as the result of the emission of either an alpha-particle or a beta-particleCompare transition (def. 5)
linguistics another word for transformational rule
an apparently miraculous change in the appearance of a stage set
(in South Africa) a national strategy aimed at attaining national unity, promoting reconciliation through negotiated settlement and non-racism
Derived Formstransformational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-transformation

transformation

n.

c.1400, from Old French transformation and directly from Latin transformationem (nominative transformatio), noun of action from past participle stem of transformare (see transform).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-transformation in Medicine

transformation

[trăns′fər-māshən]

n.

metamorphosis
The genetic alteration of a bacterial cell by introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus.
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self-transformation in Science

transformation

[trăns′fər-māshən]

The genetic alteration of a bacteria cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus. Plasmids, which contain extrachromosomal DNA, are used to transform bacteria in recombinant DNA research.
The change undergone by an animal cell upon infection by a cancer-causing virus.
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