noun Etymology: Middle English transmutacioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French transmutacion, from Latin transmutation-, transmutatio, from transmutare Date: 14th century an act or instance of transmuting or being transmuted: as a. the conversion of base metals into gold or silver b. the conversion of one element or nuclide into another either naturally or artificially • transmutative adjective

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