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katamorphism

[kat-uh-mawr-fiz-uh m] /ˌkæt əˈmɔr fɪz əm/
noun, Geology
1.
metamorphism at or near the earth's surface: breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones.
Compare anamorphism.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; kata- + -morphism
Related forms
katamorphic, adjective
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