[ trans-mahy-grey-shuh n, tranz- ]
/ ˌtræns maɪˈgreɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz- /


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

Nearby words

  1. transmembrane,
  2. transmethylase,
  3. transmethylation,
  4. transmigrant,
  5. transmigrate,
  6. transmisogyny,
  7. transmissible,
  8. transmissible encephalopathy,
  9. transmissible spongiform encephalopathy,
  10. transmission

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

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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

Medicine definitions for transmigration


[ 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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