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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 meta·mor·pho·sis /ˌmɛtəˈmɔrfəsəs/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 meta·mor·pho·sis /ˌmɛtəˈmɔrfəsəs/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Met·a·mor·pho·sis n.; pl. Metamorphoses
 1. Change of form, or structure; transformation.
 2. Biol. A change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development; as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom. Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in insects.  In these intermediate stages sexual reproduction is usually impossible, but they ultimately pass into final and sexually developed forms, from the union of which organisms are produced which pass through the same cycle of changes. See Transformation.
 3. Physiol. The change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.
 Vegetable metamorphosis Bot., the doctrine that flowers are homologous with leaf buds, and that the floral organs are transformed leaves.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult
           that occurs in some animals [syn: metabolism]
      2: a striking change in appearance or character or
         circumstances; "the metamorphosis of the old house into
         something new and exciting" [syn: transfiguration]
      3: a complete change of physical form or substance especially
         as by magic or witchcraft
      [also: metamorphoses (pl)]