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transmutation

Noun

1 an act that changes the form or character or substance of something [syn: transubstantiation]
2 a qualitative change [syn: transformation, shift]
3 (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment); "the transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible"

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English

Noun

  1. the act of transmuting or the state of being transmuted
  2. the supposed transformation of base metals into gold by the alchemists
  3. the transformation of one element into another by a nuclear reaction

Extensive Definition

Transmutation may refer to:
In pre-scientific experimentation:
  • Alchemy, the quest to discover a way to turn inexpensive metals such as lead into gold.
In physics:
In biology:
In religion
In film and television:
In music:
Other:
  • Sexual transmutation, an attempt to transform sexual energy into creativity and thereby magically facilitate spiritual awakening
transmutation in German: Transmutation
transmutation in Modern Greek (1453-): Μεταστοιχείωση
transmutation in Spanish: Transmutación
transmutation in French: Transmutation
transmutation in Indonesian: Transmutasi
transmutation in Hungarian: Transzmutáció
transmutation in Dutch: Transmutatie
transmutation in Norwegian: Transmutasjon
transmutation in Polish: Transmutacja
transmutation in Portuguese: Transmutação
transmutation in Russian: Трансмутация
transmutation in Tagalog: Transmutasyon
transmutation in Swedish: Transmutation
transmutation in Ukrainian: Трансмутація
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