AskDefine | Define metamorphic

Dictionary Definition

metamorphic adj
1 of or relating to metamorphosis (especially of rocks); "metamorphic stage"; "marble is a metamorphic rock that takes a high polish" [syn: metamorphous]
2 characterized by metamorphosis or change in physical form or substance [ant: nonmetamorphic]

User Contributed Dictionary



From metamorphōsis, ultimately from meta-+ (morphos) 'form'.


  • /ˌmɛtəˈmɔɹfɪk/


  1. Having been structurally altered as a result of, or resulting from, exposure to intense heat &/or pressure (at the contact zone between colliding plates, for example).


  1. A rock that has been changed from its original form by subjection to heat and/or pressure.

Related terms

See rock, mineral

Extensive Definition

The term Metamorphic can be associated with a number of meanings:
metamorphic in Simple English: Metamorphic

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