What does metamorphosis mean?

Definitions for metamorphosisˌmɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. metamorphosis, metabolism(noun)

    the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

  2. transfiguration, metamorphosis(noun)

    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

    "the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting"

  3. metamorphosis(noun)

    a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft


  1. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery

  2. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.

  3. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A change in the form and often habits of an animal after the embryonic stage during normal development. (e.g. the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly or a tadpole into a frog.)

  4. metamorphosis(Noun)

    A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.

  5. Origin: First attested in 1533, from μεταμόρφωσις, from μετά + μορφή

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metamorphosis(noun)

    change of form, or structure; transformation

  2. Metamorphosis(noun)

    a change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development; as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom. Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in insects. In these intermediate stages sexual reproduction is usually impossible, but they ultimately pass into final and sexually developed forms, from the union of which organisms are produced which pass through the same cycle of changes. See Transformation

  3. Metamorphosis(noun)

    the change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism

  4. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to be transformed; meta` beyond, over + morfh` form.]


  1. Metamorphosis

    Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth and differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, Cnidarians, echinoderms and tunicates undergo metamorphosis, which is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior. Scientific usage of the term is exclusive, and is not applied to general aspects of cell growth, including rapid growth spurts. References to "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise and only colloquial, but historically idealist ideas of transformation and monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants, influenced the development of ideas of evolution.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Metamorphosis

    is a classical name for the changing of a human being into a beast, an inanimate object, or an element, stories of which are common in all folk-lore.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metamorphosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metamorphosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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