metathesis [m uh- tath- uh-sis] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural me·tath·e·ses . [m uh- tath- uh-seez] /məˈtæθ əˌsiz/ the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation for [ kuhmf-ter-b uh l] /ˈkʌmf tər bəl/ comfortable or for [aks] /æks/ ask. . Chemistry double decomposition. Origin of metathesis 1600–10;
transposition of letters of a word <
thesis Related forms met·a·thet·ic , [met- uh- thet-ik] /ˌmɛt əˈθɛt ɪk/ met·a·thet·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metathetic noun plural -ses ( -ˌsiːz) the transposition of two sounds or letters in a word chem another name for double decomposition Derived Forms metathetic ( ˌmɛtəˈθɛtɪk) or metathetical, adjective Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek, from
metatithenai to transpose
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Word Origin and History for metathetic metathesis n.
1570s, "transposition of letters in a word;" c.1600, "rhetorical transposition of words," from Late Latin
metathesis, from Greek metathesis "change of position, transposition, change of opinion," from stem of metatithenai "to transpose," from meta- "to change" (see meta-) + tithenai "to place, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Plural is metatheses. Related: Metathetic.
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metathesis (mĭ-tăth ′ĭ-sĭs) n. pl. me•tath•e•ses ( -sēz′) Double decomposition of chemical compounds in which an element or radical of one compound exchanges places with another element or radical in another compound.
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