[met-uh-mawr-fik] /ˌmɛt əˈmɔr fɪk/

pertaining to or characterized by change of form, or .
Geology. pertaining to or exhibiting structural change or .
relating to or resulting from metamorphosis or metamorphism
(of rocks) altered considerably from their original structure and mineralogy by pressure and heat Compare igneous, sedimentary

1833 (Lyell) in the geological sense, in reference to rock whose form has been changed by heat or pressure, from metamorphosis + -ic. Earlier (1816) in non-technical sense “characterized by change.”


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