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Noun: metamorphosis (metamorphoses)  ,me-tu'mor-fu-sis
  1. The marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
    - metabolism
  2. A striking change in appearance, character or circumstances
    "the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting";
    - transfiguration
  3. A complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft

Derived forms: metamorphoses

Type of: alteration, biological process, organic process, revision, transformation, translation

Encyclopedia: Metamorphosis