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(nuclear physics)
A nuclear process in which one nuclide is transformed into the nuclide of a different element. Also known as nuclear transformation.



the conversion of atoms of one chemical element into those of another as a result of the radioactive decay of the atomic nuclei. In physics, the term “transmutation” has fallen into disuse. It is used mainly in radiobiology, since the transmutation effect exhibited by radionuclides incorporated into the tissues of an organism can be an important factor in the substances’ biological activity. In genetics, transmutation sometimes refers to all gene mutations or those mutations that are induced by a radionuclide that has been absorbed by tissues.

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When Smulders writes of Meynell's use of a transmutational trope, she discusses the ways in which Meynell negotiates with the cultural inheritance embodied in her father, in literary forebears like John Dryden, and in "the cultural progenitors of the ideology of war" ("Feminism" 170).
The medieval period in Europe saw such a kind of transmutational renaissance despite being in the throes of the Dark Ages.
Interactive communication over a network is a transmutational process more than a transitional event.