trans·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce transposition (audio) \

Definition of transposition

1a : an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed
b : the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome
2a : the transfer of any term of an equation from one side over to the other side with a corresponding change of the sign
b : a mathematical permutation or interchange of two letters or symbols

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Other Words from transposition

transpositional \ ˌtran(t)s-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce transpositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of transposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one particularly deft transposition, Lopez reimagines the wife of Henry Wilcox, a spiritual mentor to Margaret Schlegel, as Walter Poole, Henry Wilcox’s partner. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "How Matthew Lopez Transformed “Howards End” Into an Epic Play About Gay Life," 2 Sep. 2019 With this minor transposition of circumstances, True West is a story of a meth (or opioid) zombie, who has come to extract a sacrifice from his more prosperous sibling. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, "Sam Shepard Saw It All Coming," 11 July 2019 Fulmer, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year, had season-ending ulnar transposition surgery last September. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer dominates in final start before season," 25 Mar. 2018 After transposition, the ulnar nerve no longer experiences the same tension and constriction when patients flex their elbow. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Get back in the game: Don’t let Cubital Tunnel Syndrome limit you," 9 May 2018 And in the two seasons since — outside of a lost final month of the 2017 season, which Fulmer spent rehabilitating from ulnar nerve transposition surgery — Fulmer has emerged as one of the top young pitchers in baseball. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer will be source of trade rumors again," 8 May 2018 This transposition of love poetry onto a spiritual subject would prove tremendously influential. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Woman’ Review: A Lady of Letters," 27 Apr. 2018 Greene has had two major surgeries — elbow ligament reconstruction and ulnar nerve transposition — and has suffered from blister issues in the past. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' closer job Shane Greene's to lose, Ron Gardenhire says," 15 Feb. 2018 Gardenhire said the soreness is not related to the ulnar transposition surgery from last summer. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer start pushed back due to sore elbow," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of transposition

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for transposition

Anglo-French transposicion, from Medieval Latin transposition-, transpositio, from Latin transponere to transpose

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trans·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce transposition (audio) \

Medical Definition of transposition

: an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed: as
a : the displacement of a viscus to a side opposite from that which it normally occupies transposition of the heart
b : the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome either between chromosomal sites or between an extrachromosomal site (as on a plasmid) and a chromosome

Other Words from transposition

transpositional \ -​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce transpositional (audio) \ adjective

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