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 for transmutation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Transmutation \Trans`mu*ta"tion\, n. [F. transmutation, L.
     transmutatio. See Transmute.]
     1. The act of transmuting, or the state of being transmuted;
        as, the transmutation of metals.
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     2. (Geom.) The change or reduction of one figure or body into
        another of the same area or solidity, but of a different
        form, as of a triangle into a square. [R.]
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     3. (Biol.) The change of one species into another, which is
        assumed to take place in any development theory of life;
        transformism. --Bacon.
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     Transmutation of metals (Alchem.), the conversion of base
        metals into gold or silver, a process often attempted by
        the alchemists. See Alchemy, and Philosopher's stone,
        under Philosopher.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an act that changes the form or character or substance of
           something [syn: transmutation, transubstantiation]
      2: a qualitative change [syn: transformation, transmutation,
      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

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