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metathesis (n.)

1570s, in grammar, "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 "change" (see meta-) + tithenai "to place, to set," from reduplicated form of PIE root *dhe- "to set, put." Plural is metatheses. Related: Metathetic; metathetical.

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Definitions of metathesis

metathesis (n.)
a linguistic process of transposition of sounds or syllables within a word or words within a sentence;
metathesis (n.)
a chemical reaction between two compounds in which parts of each are interchanged to form two new compounds (AB+CD=AD+CB);
Synonyms: double decomposition / double decomposition reaction
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