noun me·tath·e·sis \mə-ˈta-thə-səs\
plural me·tath·e·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of METATHESIS

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


Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai to transpose, from meta- + tithenai to place — more at do
First Known Use: circa 1538
Medical Dictionary


noun me·tath·e·sis \mə-ˈtath-ə-səs\
plural me·tath·e·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of METATHESIS


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