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n. pl. me·tath·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. Linguistics Transposition within a word of letters, sounds, or syllables, as in the change from Old English brid to modern English bird or in the confusion of modren for modern.
2. Chemistry Double displacement.

[Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai, to transpose : meta-, meta- + tithenai, to place; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

met′a·thet′ic (mĕt′ə-thĕt′ĭk), met′a·thet′i·cal adj.
met′a·thet′i·cal·ly adv.
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n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Linguistics) the transposition of two sounds or letters in a word
2. (Chemistry) chem another name for double decomposition
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai to transpose]
metathetic, ˌmetaˈthetical adj
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(məˈtæθ ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation (ˈkʌmf tər bəl) for comfortable or (aks) for ask.
[1600–10; < Late Latin: transposition of letters of a word < Greek metáthesis transposition]
met•a•thet•ic (ˌmɛt əˈθɛt ɪk) met`a•thet′i•cal, adj.
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Noun1.metathesis - a linguistic process of transposition of sounds or syllables within a word or words within a sentence
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
2.metathesis - a chemical reaction between two compounds in which parts of each are interchanged to form two new compounds (AB+CD=AD+CB)
chemical reaction, reaction - (chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others; "there was a chemical reaction of the lime with the ground water"
double replacement reaction - a chemical reaction between two compounds where the positive ion of one compound is exchanged with the positive ion of another compound
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[meˈtæθəsɪs] N (metatheses (pl)) [meˈtæθəˌsiːz]metátesis f inv
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n pl <metatheses> → Metathese f, → Metathesis f
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