transmutation

[ trans-myoo-tey-shuh n, tranz- ]
/ ˌtræns myuˈteɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz- /

noun

the act or process of transmuting.
the fact or state of being transmuted.
change into another nature, substance, form, or condition.
Biology. the transformation of one species into another.Compare transformism.
Physics. any process in which a nuclide is transformed into a different nuclide, usually one of a different element.
Alchemy. the supposed conversion of base metals into metals of greater value, especially into gold or silver.

Origin of transmutation

1350–1400; Middle English transmutacio(u)n (< Old French transmutation) < Latin trānsmūtātiōn- (stem of trānsmūtātiō) a changing, shifting, equivalent to trānsmūtāt(us) (past participle of trānsmūtāre to change) + -iōn- -ion. See transmute, -ation

Related forms

trans·mu·ta·tion·al, trans·mut·a·tive [trans-myoo-tuh-tiv, tranz-] /trænsˈmyu tə tɪv, trænz-/, adjectivetrans·mu·ta·tion·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for transmutation

transmutation

/ (ˌtrænzmjuːˈteɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of transmuting
the change of one chemical element into another by a nuclear reaction
the attempted conversion, by alchemists, of base metals into gold or silver

Derived Forms

transmutational or transmutative, adjectivetransmutationist, noun, adjective
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Medicine definitions for transmutation

transmutation

[ trăns′myōō-tāshən, trănz′- ]

n.

A change; transformation.
In physics, the transformation of one element into another by one or a series of nuclear reactions.
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Science definitions for transmutation

transmutation

[ trăns′myōō-tāshən ]

The changing of one chemical element into another. Transmutations occur naturally through radioactive decay, or artificially by bombarding the nucleus of a substance with subatomic particles.
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