[met-uh-plaz-uh m]
  1. Cell Biology. the nonliving matter or inclusions, as starch or pigments, within a cell.
  2. Grammar.
    1. a change in the structure of a word or sentence made by adding, removing, or transposing the sounds or words of which it is composed or the letters that represent them.
    2. the formation of oblique cases from a stem other than that of the nominative.

Origin of metaplasm

1375–1425; late Middle English metaplasmus grammatical change, irregularity < Latin < Greek metaplasmós reforming, remodeling, derivative of metaplássein to mould differently, remodel. See meta-, -plasm
Related formsmet·a·plas·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for metaplasmic


  1. the nonliving constituents, such as starch and pigment granules, of the cytoplasm of a cell
Derived Formsmetaplasmic, adjective
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metaplasmic in Medicine


  1. cell inclusion
Related formsmet′a•plastic (-plăstĭk) adj.
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