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transmutation

 
Noun transmutation has 3 senses
  1. transmutation, transubstantiation - an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
    --1 is a kind of conversion
    Derived form: verb transmute3
  2. transformation, transmutation, shift - a qualitative change
    --2 is a kind of change, alteration, modification
    --2 has particulars:
     improvement, betterment, advance; population shift; pyrolysis; sea change; sublimation; tin pest, tin disease, tin plague; conversion, transition, changeover; degeneration, retrogression; strengthening; weakening
  3. transmutation - (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"
    --3 is a kind of
    change, alteration, modification
    Derived form: verb transmute1
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