transmutationist

transmutation

[trans-myoo-tey-shuhn, tranz-]
noun
1.
the act or process of transmuting.
2.
the fact or state of being transmuted.
3.
change into another nature, substance, form, or condition.
4.
Biology. the transformation of one species into another. Compare transformism.
5.
Physics. any process in which a nuclide is transformed into a different nuclide, usually one of a different element.
6.
Alchemy. the supposed conversion of base metals into metals of greater value, especially into gold or silver.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English transmutacio(u)n (< Old French transmutation) < Latin trānsmūtātiōn- (stem of trānsmūtātiō) a changing, shifting, equivalent to trānsmūtāt(us) (past participle of trānsmūtāre to change) + -iōn- -ion. See transmute, -ation

transmutational, transmutative [trans-myoo-tuh-tiv, tranz-] , adjective
transmutationist, noun
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transmutation (ˌtrænzmjuːˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of transmuting
2.  the change of one chemical element into another by a nuclear reaction
3.  the attempted conversion, by alchemists, of base metals into gold or silver
 
transmu'tational
 
adj
 
trans'mutative
 
adj
 
transmu'tationist
 
n, —adj

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transmutation
c.1380, from O.Fr. transmutation (12c.), from L.L. transmutationem (nom. transmutatio) "a change, shift," noun of action from L. transmutare "change from one condition to another," from trans- "thoroughly" + mutare "to change" (see mutable). A word from alchemy.
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transmutation trans·mu·ta·tion (trāns'myōō-tā'shən, trānz'-)
n.

  1. A change; transformation.

  2. In physics, the transformation of one element into another by one or a series of nuclear reactions.

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transmutation   (trāns'my-tā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The changing of one chemical element into another. Transmutations occur naturally through radioactive decay, or artificially by bombarding the nucleus of a substance with subatomic particles.
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