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Anamorphosis \An`a*mor"pho*sis\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to form anew; ? again + ? to form; morfh` form.]

  1. (Persp.) A distorted or monstrous projection or representation of an image on a plane or curved surface, which, when viewed from a certain point, or as reflected from a curved mirror or through a polyhedron, appears regular and in proportion; a deformation of an image.

  2. (Biol.) Same as Anamorphism, 2.

  3. (Bot.) A morbid or monstrous development, or change of form, or degeneration.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"distorted projection or drawing that looks normal from a particular angle or with a certain mirror," 1727, from Greek anamorphosis "transformation," noun of action from anamorphoein "to transform," from ana "up" (see ana-) + morphosis, from morphe "form" (see Morpheus).


n. 1 A distorted image of an object that may be viewed correctly from a specific angle or with a specific mirror 2 (context biology English) a form of limited metamorphosis in some arthropods 3 (context mycology lichenology English) an abnormal form of some lichens or fungi that gives the appearance of a different species

  1. n. the evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes [syn: anamorphism]

  2. a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner [syn: anamorphism]

  3. [also: anamorphoses (pl)]


Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point (or both) to reconstitute the image. The word "anamorphosis" is derived from the Greek prefix ana‑, meaning back or again, and the word morphe, meaning shape or form.

Anamorphosis (biology)

Anamorphosis or Anamorphogenesis refers to postembryonic development and moulting in Arthropoda that results in the addition of abdominal body segments, even after sexual maturity. An example of this occurs in proturans and millipedes.

Category:Developmental biology Category:Arthropod morphology

Anamorphosis (EP)

Anamorphosis is the first EP by Norwegian black metal band Drottnar. This EP was limited to 850 copies and was released in 2003 on Momentum Scandinavia label. The packaging contains a black matte cardboard slipcase with black print and an embossed Drottnar logo.

Usage examples of "anamorphosis".

The German biologist Woltereck coined the term anamorphosisliterally, "not being formless"to describe what he saw as the central and universal feature of nature: the emergence of ever-increasing complexity.

Yet their god would be deemed a very indifferent man with us: and it was to correct their Anamorphosis of the deity that Jesus preached, as well as to establish the doctrine of a future state.