Definition of metathesis
plural me·tath·e·sesplay \-ˌsēz\
: 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
Origin of metathesis
Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai to transpose, from meta- + tithenai to place — more at do
First Known Use: circa 1538
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