Origin of metaplasmmeta- + -plasm that part of the contents of a cell which consists of lifeless matter, as certain fatty or starch granules
Origin of metaplasmL 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
Alteration of a word by the addition, omission, or transposition of sounds or syllables or the letters that represent them.
Origin of metaplasmMiddle English metaplasmus, from Latin, from Greek metaplasmos, remodeling, from metaplassein, to remold : meta-, meta- + plassein, to mold; see pel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- met′a·plas′tic , met′a·plas′mic
Cellular materials such as pigment granules or starch grains that were formerly considered to be nonliving, in contrast to the protoplasm.
Origin of metaplasmmeta– + –plasm.