metamorphism that occurs at or near the earth's surface; breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones
Ant: ↑anamorphism
Hypernyms: ↑metamorphism

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  • katamorphism — katamorphic, adj. /kat euh mawr fiz euhm/, n. Geol. metamorphism at or near the earth s surface: breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones. Cf. anamorphism. [1900 05; KATA + MORPHISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • katamorphism — noun Any form of metamorphism that occurs near the Earths surface …   Wiktionary

  • katamorphism — kata·mor·phism …   English syllables

  • anamorphism — /an euh mawr fiz euhm/, n. Geol. metamorphism, usually occurring deep under the earth s surface, that changes simple minerals to complex minerals. Cf. katamorphism. [1830 40; ANA + MORPHISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • anamorphism — noun 1. the evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes • Syn: ↑anamorphosis • Hypernyms: ↑evolution, ↑organic evolution, ↑phylogeny, ↑phylogenesis 2. metamorphism that occurs deep under the earth s surface; …   Useful english dictionary

  • metamorphism — noun change in the structure of rock by natural agencies such as pressure or heat or introduction of new chemical substances • Hypernyms: ↑geological process, ↑geologic process • Hyponyms: ↑anamorphism, ↑epigenesis, ↑katamorphism …   Useful english dictionary

  • catamorphism — variant of katamorphism …   Useful english dictionary

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