Definitions for transmutationˌtræns myuˈteɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trans•mu•ta•tionˌtræns myuˈteɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz-(n.)

  1. the act or process of transmuting.

  2. the fact or state of being transmuted.

  3. the transformation of one species into another.

    Category: Biology

  4. any process in which a nuclide is transformed into a different nuclide, usu. one of a different element.

    Category: Physics

  5. (in alchemy) the conversion of base metals into metals of greater value, esp. into gold or silver.

Origin of transmutation:

1350–1400; ME transmutacio(u)n (< OF transmutation) < L trānsmūtātiō a changing, shifting, der. of trānsmūtā(re) (see transmute)

trans•mut′a•tive-ˈmyu tə tɪv(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. transmutation, transubstantiation(noun)

    an act that changes the form or character or substance of something

  2. transformation, transmutation, shift(noun)

    a qualitative change

  3. transmutation(noun)

    (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)

    "the transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible"


  1. transmutation(Noun)

    the act of transmuting or the state of being transmuted

  2. transmutation(Noun)

    the supposed transformation of base metals into gold by the alchemists

  3. transmutation(Noun)

    the transformation of one element into another by a nuclear reaction

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transmutation(noun)

    the act of transmuting, or the state of being transmuted; as, the transmutation of metals

  2. Transmutation(noun)

    the change or reduction of one figure or body into another of the same area or solidity, but of a different form, as of a triangle into a square

  3. Transmutation(noun)

    the change of one species into another, which is assumed to take place in any development theory of life; transformism


  1. Nuclear transmutation

    Nuclear transmutation is the conversion of one chemical element or isotope into another. In other words, atoms of one element can be changed into atoms of another element by a process which occurs either through nuclear reactions, or through radioactive decay. Transmutation technology has the potential to greatly reduce the long-term negative effects of radioactive wastes on human populations by reducing its radioactive half-life. Not all radioactive decay or nuclear reactions cause transmutation, but all transmutation is caused by either decay or nuclear reaction. The most common types of radioactive decay that do not cause transmutation are gamma decay and the related process internal conversion. However, most other types of decay do cause transmutation of the decaying radioisotope. Similarly, a few nuclear reactions do not cause transmutation, although in practice, most nuclear reactions, and types of nuclear re the creation of all the chemical elements we observe naturally. Most of this happened in the distant past, however.


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