Vegetable metamorphosis(Bot.), the doctrine that flowers are homologous with leaf buds, and that the floral organs are transformed leaves.

(||Met`a*nau"pli*us) n. [NL. See Meta-, and Nauplius.] (Zoöl.) A larval crustacean in a stage following the nauplius, and having about seven pairs of appendages.

(Met`a*ne*phrit"ic) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the metanephros.

(||Met`a*neph"ros) n. [NL., fr. Gr. behind + kidney.] (Anat.) The most posterior of the three pairs of embryonic renal organs developed in many vertebrates.

(||Met`a*no"tum) n. [NL., fr. Gr. behind + back.] (Zoöl.) The dorsal portion of the metaphorax of insects.

(Met`an*ti*mo"nate) n. (Chem.) A salt of metantimonic acid.

(Met`an*ti*mon"ic) a. [Pref. met- + antimonic.] (Chem.) (a) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid (formerly called antimonic acid) analogous to metaphosphoric acid, and obtained as a white amorphous insoluble substance, (b) Formerly, designating an acid, which is now properly called pyroantimonic acid, and analogous to pyrophosphoric acid.

(Met`a*pec"tic) a. [Pref. meta- + pectic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a supposed acid obtained from pectin.

(Met`a*pec"tin) n. (Chem.) A substance obtained from, and resembling, pectin, and occurring in overripe fruits.

Metamorphist to Metempiric

(Met`a*mor"phist) n. (Eccl.) One who believes that the body of Christ was merged into the Deity when he ascended.

(Met`a*mor"phize) v. t. To metamorphose.

(Met`a*mor"phose) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Metamorphosed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Metamorphosing.] [Cf. F. métamorphoser.] To change into a different form; to transform; to transmute.

And earth was metamorphosed into man.

(Met`a*mor"phose) n. [Cf. F. métamorphose. See Metamorphosis.] Same as Metamorphosis.

(Met`a*mor"pho*ser) n. One who metamorphoses. [R.] Gascoigne.

(Met`a*mor"pho*sic) a. Changing the form; transforming. [R.] Pownall.

(Met`a*mor"pho*sis) n.; pl. Metamorphoses [L., fr. Gr. fr. to be transformed; meta` beyond, over + morfh` form.]

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.

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