Transmutation of metals
Transmutation Trans`mu*ta"tion, n. [F. transmutation, L. transmutatio. See {Transmute}.] 1. The act of transmuting, or the state of being transmuted; as, the transmutation of metals. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) The change or reduction of one figure or body into another of the same area or solidity, but of a different form, as of a triangle into a square. [R.] [1913 Webster]

3. (Biol.) The change of one species into another, which is assumed to take place in any development theory of life; transformism. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{Transmutation of metals} (Alchem.), the conversion of base metals into gold or silver, a process often attempted by the alchemists. See {Alchemy}, and {Philosopher's stone}, under {Philosopher}. [1913 Webster]


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