Variant of metathesis
noun pl. metatheses
- the transposition of sounds in a word or between words: “clasp” developed from Middle English “clapse” by metathesis; spoonerisms are examples of metathesis
- Chem. the interchange of elements or radicals between compounds, as when two compounds react with each other to form two new compounds
Origin: LL < Gr, transposition, a going over < metatithenai, to put over, transpose < meta, over (see meta-) + tithenai, to place (see do)
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