[trans-mahy-grey-shuh n, tranz-]


the act of transmigrating.
the passage of a soul after death into another body; metempsychosis.

Compare reincarnation.

Origin of transmigration

1250–1300; Middle English transmigracion < Late Latin trānsmigrātiōn- (stem of trānsmigrātiō) removal. See trans-, migration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for transmigration

reincarnation, metempsychosis

Examples from the Web for transmigration

Historical Examples of transmigration

  • Like the Buddhists, the Hindus believe in the transmigration of souls.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • During his transmigration he had been briefed for the trouble on Deneb IV.

  • He believed in the transmigration of souls, and the indestructibility of matter.


    Marcus Aurelius

  • Had he died on the same day,” you said, “one might have supposed a transmigration.

  • It is not that she has been a hypocrite,—it is that she is a transmigration.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Word Origin and History for transmigration

c.1300, from Late Latin transmigrationem (nominative transmigratio) "change of country," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin transmigrare "to wander, to migrate," from trans- "over" (see trans-) + migrare "to migrate" (see migration). Originally literal, in reference to the removal of the Jews into the Babylonian captivity; general sense of "passage from one place to another" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "passage of the soul after death into another body" first recorded 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

transmigration in Medicine


[trăns′mī-grāshən, trănz′-]


Movement from one site to another, which may entail the crossing of some usually limiting membrane or barrier, as in diapedesis.
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