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EtymologyEdit

Late 14th century, from Old French transmutacion (transformation, metamorphosis) [12th c.], from Late Latin transmutationem, from Latin transmutare (to change).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /tɹanzmjuːˈteɪʃn̩/

NounEdit

transmutation (plural transmutations)

  1. (obsolete) Change, alteration.
  2. The conversion of one thing into something else; transformation.
  3. (alchemy) Specifically, the supposed transformation of one element into another, especially of a base metal into gold.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 261:
      The transmutation of metals was secondary to the main aim, which was the spiritual transformation of the adept.
  4. (physics) The actual transformation of one element into another by a nuclear reaction.

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NounEdit

transmutation f (plural transmutations)

  1. transmutation (all senses)