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metamorphosis

 [met″ah-mor´fo-sis]
change of structure or shape; particularly, transition from one developmental stage to another, as from larva to adult form. adj., adj metamor´phic.
fatty metamorphosis any normal or pathologic transformation of fat, including fatty infiltration and fatty degeneration.
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met·a·mor·pho·sis

(met'ă-mōr'fŏ-sis),
1. A change in form, structure, or function.
2. Transition from one developmental stage to another.
Synonym(s): allaxis, transformation (1)
[G. metamorphōsis, transformation fr. meta, beyond, over, + morphē, form]
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metamorphosis

(mĕt′ə-môr′fə-sĭs)
n. pl. metamorpho·ses (-sēz′)
1. A transformation, as by magic or sorcery.
2. A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
3. Biology 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.
4. A usually degenerative change in the structure of a particular body tissue.
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metamorphosis

A marked transformation in appearance, form or substance.
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met·a·mor·pho·sis

(met'ă-mōr'fŏ-sis)
1. A change in form, structure, or function.
2. Transition from one developmental stage to another.
Synonym(s): transformation (1) .
[G. metamorphōsis, transformation fr. meta, beyond, over, + morphē, form]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

metamorphosis

Major alterations in structure and appearance occurring in an organism, such as the human embryo, in the process of its development from egg (ovum) to baby.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

metamorphosis

the change in an organism from larval to adult form, which is often quite rapid, as in tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly. Metamorphosis is said to be ‘incomplete’ where there is gradual development of a NYMPH to an adult, as in the EXOPTERYGOTA (Hetero- or Hemi-metabola), e.g. cockroach, locust. It is ‘complete’ where a pupa occurs, as in the ENDOPTERYGOTA (Holometabola), e.g. housefly, butterfly.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005