metathesize

[muh-tath-uh-sahyz]

verb (used with or without object), me·tath·e·sized, me·tath·e·siz·ing.

to cause to undergo or undergo metathesis.

Nearby words

  1. metate,
  2. metathalamus,
  3. metatheory,
  4. metatherian,
  5. metathesis,
  6. metathetic,
  7. metathorax,
  8. metatoluidine,
  9. metatrophic,
  10. metatropic dwarfism

Also especially British, me·tath·e·sise.

Origin of metathesize

First recorded in 1915–20; metathes(is) + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for metathesize

metathesize

metathesise

verb

to change or cause to change by metathesis
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Word Origin and History for metathesize

metathesize

v.

1893, from metathesis + -ize. Related: Metathesized; metathesizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for metathesize

metathesize

[mĭ-tăthĭ-sīz′]

v.

To subject to or undergo metathesis.

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