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met·a·plasm 1

Alteration of a word by the addition, omission, or transposition of sounds or syllables or the letters that represent them.

[Middle English metaplasmus, from Latin, from Greek metaplasmos, remodeling, from metaplassein, to remold : meta-, meta- + plassein, to mold; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

met′a·plas′tic (-plăs′tĭk), met′a·plas′mic (-plăz′mĭk) adj.

met·a·plasm 2

Cellular materials such as pigment granules or starch grains that were formerly considered to be nonliving, in contrast to the protoplasm.

met′a·plas′mic (-plăz′mĭk) adj.


(Physiology) the nonliving constituents, such as starch and pigment granules, of the cytoplasm of a cell
ˌmetaˈplasmic adj
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