[ muh-tath-uh-sis ]
/ məˈtæθ ə sɪs /
noun, plural me·tath·e·ses [muh-tath-uh-seez] /məˈtæθ əˌsiz/.
the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation [kuhmf-ter-buh l] /ˈkʌmf tər bəl/ for comfortable or [aks] /æks/ for ask.
Chemistry. double decomposition.
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Origin of metathesis
OTHER WORDS FROM metathesismet·a·thet·ic [met-uh-thet-ik] /ˌmɛt əˈθɛt ɪk/, met·a·thet·i·cal, adjective
Words nearby metathesis
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British Dictionary definitions for metathetic
/ (mɪˈtæθəsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
the transposition of two sounds or letters in a word
chem another name for double decomposition
Derived forms of metathesismetathetic (ˌmɛtəˈθɛtɪk) or metathetical, adjective
Word Origin for metathesis
C16: from Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai to transpose
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Medical definitions for metathetic
[ 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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