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 (kī-ăz′mə) also chi·asm (kī′ăz′əm)
n. pl. chi·as·ma·ta (-mə-tə) or chi·as·mas also chi·asms
1. Anatomy A crossing or intersection of two tracts, as of nerves or ligaments.
2. Genetics The point of contact between paired chromatids during meiosis, resulting in a cross-shaped configuration and representing the cytological manifestation of crossing over.

[Greek khīasma, cross-piece, from khīazein, to mark with an X, from khei, khī, chi (from the letter's shape).]

chi·as′mal, chi·as′mic, chi′as·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.chiasmic - of or relating to a chiasm
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
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A substantial article might be devoted to analysis of its organization, as the speaking voice modulates--rising and falling, speeding up and slowing down--through a variety of tones and emotions (expectation, surprise, excitement, wonder, amusement, and joy) and of the range of rhetorical figures and poetic devices employed, right through to the chiasmic structure (abba) of the concluding line, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
In formulating the very pleasing chiasmic structure analysis, Jakobson implicitly makes certain presuppositions, which, when made explicit and critically examined, reveal that the gender features of the declensional system do not have the mirror image properties regarding absence and presence of "something" which form the basis of Jakobson's chiasmus.
However, at the same time as the opposite colour-coding distinguishes the two characters, the chiasmic mise en scene compels us to identify them and moreover thwarts our desire for coherent symbolism.
Indeed, the chiasmic construction of the Muslim narrator's curiously-phrased "[a]s cursing thee, thou cursing them" (765) forcefully enacts this logic of reverberation that catches the East and West alike in an endless cycle of violence.
Because "Pearl" fits on a single page, we can take in its chiasmic structure.
In other words, we cannot have total access to the deep significance of the relations of influence, if we do not attempt to understand, in a chiasmic relation, the sense of history and the sense of literature.
However, the initiated spectators joined in with their real space and time awareness, recognizing and enjoying through the senses and the imagination, in a true chiasmic perception, (31) the continuous passage from phenomenology to signification and vice versa that the company's special physical language method employed as an aesthetic continuum in the show.
To tease out this feeling of reconciling nature and grace, this essay draws on Deleuze's theories of filmic temporality, Maurice Merleau-Ponty's chiasmic phenomenology of flesh, and Lauren Berlant's affect theory.
By contrast, Le Bruns painting loosens Marins chiasmic knotting of power and representation with a case of misrecognition, a deictic corrected: the signal misprision of Sisigambis who mistakes Hephaestion for Alexander, the king's favorite for the king.
Shotter (2003) calls this intertwining chiasmic, and like the optic chiasma which gives vision depth, it is this that gives the conversation a life of its own and depth.
The chorographic depiction of Quebec completes this chiasmic parallelism that shifts the gaze from a non-figurative to an oblique view (a birds's eye) endeavoring to convey empirical knowledge--almost like the traveler's memory of a city view.
It will begin by tracing significant similarities in the plotting and narrative makeup of the two works, a comparative analysis that will uncover a chiasmic link between them.