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

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Recent Examples on the Web But what’s happening is not a simple transposition of pre-isolation life into the weird new now. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "A Return to the Original Purpose of Music," 9 Apr. 2020 How to Solve the Code To solve part four, Dunin and other cryptologists have tried every method at their disposal, from polyalphabetic substitution to transposition. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Has Solved This Cryptographic Puzzle for 30 Years. Think You Can?," 3 Feb. 2020 Smith was also born with transposition of the great arteries and had the Mustard procedure surgery as an infant. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Patients ages 4 to 38 bond while awaiting heart transplants at Riley Children's Hospital," 25 Dec. 2019 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

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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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13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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