Results for: metamorphosis
n pl -ses [-ˌsiːz]
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. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) 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
[via Latin from Greek: transformation, from meta- + morphē form]
metamorphosis /mtmrfss/ n. [U] -ses 1 (in biology) a dramatic change from one stage of life to another, as in the butterflys change from a cocoon to a winged insect: Ancient people believed that humans could undergo metamorphosis from human form to animal form. 2 [C] fig. a dramatic change in character, appearance, etc.: He underwent a real metamorphosis in his teenage years from a weak boy to a strong young man. -v. [I;T] metamorphose /mtmrfoz/.