meta·mor·pho·sis /ˌmɛtəˈmoɚfəsəs/ noun plural meta·mor·pho·ses /-fəˌsi:z/
a major change in the appearance or character of someone or something [count
] ▪ We have watched her metamorphosis from a shy schoolgirl into a self-confident businesswoman. ▪ a company that has gone through a series of metamorphoses
] ▪ The government has undergone political metamorphosis since his election.
2 biology :
a major change in the form or structure of some animals or insects that happens as the animal or insect becomes an adult [noncount
] ▪ the metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs ▪ The class learned about how caterpillars undergo metamorphosis to become butterflies.
] ▪ caterpillars undergoing metamorphoses