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inversion

noun in·ver·sion \in-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

: a change in the position, order, or relationship of things so that they are the opposite of what they had been

weather : a condition in which air close to the ground is cooler than the air above it

Full Definition of INVERSION

1
:  a reversal of position, order, form, or relationship: as
a (1) :  a change in normal word order; especially :  the placement of a verb before its subject
(2) :  the process or result of changing or reversing the relative positions of the notes of a musical interval, chord, or phrase
b :  the condition of being turned inward or inside out
c :  a breaking off of a chromosome section and its subsequent reattachment in inverted position; also :  a chromosomal section that has undergone this process
2
:  the act or process of inverting
3
a :  a change in the order of the terms of a mathematical proportion effected by inverting each ratio
b :  the operation of forming the inverse of a magnitude, a function, an operation, or an element
4
a :  the conversion of dextrorotatory sucrose into a levorotatory mixture of glucose and fructose
b :  a change from one stereochemical figuration at a chiral center in a usually organic molecule to the opposite configuration that is brought about by a reaction in which a substitution of one group is made for a different group
6
:  an increase of temperature with height through a layer of air

Examples of INVERSION

  1. an inversion of the roles of parent and child
  2. Inversion of the two words changes the meaning of the sentence.

First Known Use of INVERSION

1586

inversion

noun in·ver·sion \in-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INVERSION

1
:  a reversal of position, order, form, or relationship: as a :  a dislocation of a bodily structure in which it is turned partially or wholly inside out <inversion of the uterus> b :  the condition (as of the foot) of being turned or rotated inward—compare eversion 2 c :  retroflexion d :  a breaking off of a chromosome section and its subsequent reattachment in inverted position; also :  a chromosomal section that has undergone this process
2
a :  the conversion of dextrorotatory sucrose into a levorotatory mixture of glucose and fructose b :  a change from one stereochemical figuration at a chiral center in a usually organic molecule to the opposite configuration that is brought about by a reaction in which a substitution of one group is made for a different group

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