Metamorphism Met`a*mor"phism, n. (Geol.) The state or quality of being metamorphic; the process by which the material of rock masses has been more or less recrystallized by heat, pressure, etc., as in the change of sedimentary limestone to marble. --Murchison. [1913 Webster]

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