Metamorphosis is a biological process bi which an animal pheesically develops efter birth or hatchin, involvin a conspicuous an relatively abrupt chynge in the animal's body structur through cell growth an differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, Cnidarians, echinoderms an tunicates unnergo metamorphosis, which is uisually accompaniet bi a chynge o habitat or behavior.
Scientific uisage o the term is exclusive, an is no applee'd tae general aspects o cell growth, includin rapid growth spurts. References tae "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise an anerlie colloquial, but historically idealist ideas o transformation an monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis o Plants, influencit the development o ideas o evolution.
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