anamorphosis

anamorphosis

[an-uh-mawr-fuh-sis, -mawr-foh-sis]
noun, plural anamorphoses [an-uh-mawr-fuh-seez, -mawr-foh-seez] .
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:
1720–30; < Greek, equivalent to anamorphō- (variant stem of anamorphoûn to transform; see ana-, morpho-) + -sis -sis

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anamorphosis (ˌænəˈmɔːfəsɪs, -mɔːˈfəʊsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  optics
 a.  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
 b.  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
 
[C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape]

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