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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  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.] 
  3.  (Biol.)  The  change  of  one  species  into  another,  which  is 
  assumed  to  take  place  in  any  development  theory  of  life; 
  transformism.  --Bacon. 
  {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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  act  that  changes  the  form  or  character  or  substance  of 
  something  [syn:  {transubstantiation}] 
  2:  a  qualitative  change  [syn:  {transformation},  {shift}] 

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