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anamorphosis

[an-uh-mawr-fuh-sis, -mawr-foh-sis] /ˌæn əˈmɔr fə sɪs, -mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural anamorphoses
[an-uh-mawr-fuh-seez, -mawr-foh-seez] /ˌæn əˈmɔr fəˌsiz, -mɔrˈfoʊ siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a drawing presenting a distorted image that appears in natural form under certain conditions, as when viewed at a raking angle or reflected from a curved mirror.
2.
the method of producing such a drawing.
3.
Zoology, Entomology. the gradual change in form from one type to another during the evolution of a group of organisms.
4.
(in certain arthropods) metamorphosis in which body parts or segments are added to those already present.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Greek, equivalent to anamorphō- (variant stem of anamorphoûn to transform; see ana-, morpho-) + -sis -sis
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anamorphosis

/ˌænəˈmɔːfəsɪs; -mɔːˈfəʊsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
(optics)
  1. an image or drawing distorted in such a way that it becomes recognizable only when viewed in a specified manner or through a special device
  2. the process by which such images or drawings are produced
2.
the evolution of one type of organism from another by a series of gradual changes
Word Origin
C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape
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Word Origin and History for anamorphosis
n.

"distorted projection or drawing that looks normal from a particular angle or with a certain mirror," 1727, from Greek anamorphosis "transformation," noun of action from anamorphoein "to transform," from ana "up" (see ana-) + morphosis, from morphe "form" (see Morpheus).

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