Definition of metaplasm
1 [Latin metaplasmus, literally, transformation, from Greek metaplasmos, from metaplassein to remold, from meta- + plassein to mold — more at plaster] : alteration of regular verbal, grammatical, or rhetorical structure usually by transposition of the letters or syllables of a word or of the words in a sentence
2 [International Scientific Vocabulary meta- + -plasm; originally formed as German metaplasma] : material consisting of lifeless derivatives of protoplasm (as cell walls, starch grains)
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up metaplasm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).