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metathesis

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noun me·tath·e·sis \mə-ˈta-thə-səs\

Definition of metathesis

plural me·tath·e·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a change of place or condition: as a :  transposition of two phonemes in a word (as in the development of crud from curd or the pronunciation \ˈpər-tē\ for pretty) b :  a chemical reaction in which different kinds of molecules exchange parts to form other kinds of molecules

met·a·thet·i·cal play \ˌme-tə-ˈthe-ti-kəl\ or met·a·thet·ic play \-tik\ adjective
met·a·thet·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of metathesis

Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai to transpose, from meta- + tithenai to place — more at do


First Known Use: circa 1538


Medical Dictionary

metathesis

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noun me·tath·e·sis \mə-ˈtath-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of metathesis

plural me·tath·e·ses \-ˌsēz\play




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