metathesis

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EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin metathesis, from Ancient Greek μετάθεσις (metáthesis), from μετά (metá, among) +‎ θέσις (thésis, placement).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /mə.ˈtæ.θə.səs/, [mə.ˈtʰæ.θə.səs], /mɛ.ˈtæ.θə.sɪs/, [mɛ.ˈtʰæ.θə.sɪs]
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NounEdit

metathesis (countable and uncountable, plural metatheses)

  1. (phonetics, prosody) The transposition of letters, syllables or sounds within a word, such as in ask as /æks/.
    Hyponym: hyperthesis
  2. (inorganic chemistry) The double decomposition of inorganic salts.
  3. (organic chemistry) The breaking and reforming of double bonds in olefins in which substituent groups are swapped.

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