Origin: meta- + -plasmthat part of the contents of a cell which consists of lifeless matter, as certain fatty or starch granules
Origin: L metaplasmus, an irregularity < Gr metaplasmes, formation of cases of nouns from a missing nom. < meta, over (see meta-) + plassein, to form (see plastic)a change in a linguistic form made by the addition, omission, or transposition of a sound or sounds or a syllable or syllables
See metaplasm in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English metaplasmus
Origin: , from Latin
Origin: , from Greek metaplasmos, remodeling
Origin: , from metaplassein, to remold
Origin: : meta-, meta-
Origin: + plassein, to mold; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin: + -plasm.
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