|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||a complete change of physical form or substance|
|2.||a complete change of character, appearance, etc|
|3.||a person or thing that has undergone metamorphosis|
|4.||zoology the rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in certain animals, for example the stage between tadpole and frog or between chrysalis and butterfly|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek: transformation, from |
metamorphosis met·a·mor·pho·sis (mět'ə-môr'fə-sĭs)
n. pl. met·a·mor·pho·ses (-sēz')
A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function. Also called transformation.
A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and a caterpillar into a butterfly and, in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog.
A usually degenerative pathological change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
|metamorphosis (mět'ə-môr'fə-sĭs) Pronunciation Key
Dramatic change in the form and often the habits of an animal during its development after birth or hatching. The transformation of a maggot into an adult fly and of a tadpole into an adult frog are examples of metamorphosis. The young of such animals are called larvae.
A change in an animal as it grows, particularly a radical change, such as the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.