• A transformation, such as one performed by magic.
  • A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.
  • 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.)
  • A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.


  • First attested in 1533, from Latin metamorphōsis, from Ancient Greek μεταμόρφωσις, from μετά + μορφή. Analyzable as meta- + -morph

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