- the transposition of sounds in a word or between words (Ex.: “clasp” developed from Middle English “clapse”)
- Chem. the interchange of elements or radicals between compounds, as when two compounds react with each other to form two new compounds
Origin of metathesisLate Latin ; from Gr, transposition, a going over ; from metatithenai, to put over, transpose ; from meta, over (see meta-) + tithenai, to place (see do)
- 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.
- Chemistry Double displacement.
Origin of metathesisLate Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai, to transpose : meta-, meta- + tithenai, to place; see dh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
- met′a·thet′ic , met′a·thet′i·cal
From Late Latin metathesis, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬Î¸ÎµÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (metÃ¡thesis), from Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (meta, “among") + Î¸ÎÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (thesis, “placement").