Meaning of katamorphism

kat•a•mor•phism

Pronunciation: (kat"u-môr'fiz-um), [key]
— n. Geol.
  1. metamorphism at or near the earth's surface: breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones. Cf. anamorphism.
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