Metaplasm
Metaplasm \Met"a*plasm\, n. [L. metaplasmus, Gr. ?; ? beyond, over + ? to mold: cf. F. m['e]taplasme.] (Gram.) A change in the letters or syllables of a word. [1913 Webster]

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  • metaplasm — [met′ə plaz΄əm] n. 1. [ META + PLASM] that part of the contents of a cell which consists of lifeless matter, as certain fatty or starch granules 2. [L metaplasmus, an irregularity < Gr metaplasmes, formation of cases of nouns from a missing… …   English World dictionary

  • Metaplasm — This article is about the grammatical term. For the biological term, see Metaplasia. A metaplasm[1] is a change in the orthography (and hence phonology) of a word. Originally it referred to techniques used in Ancient Greek and Latin poetry, or… …   Wikipedia

  • metaplasm —   n. lifeless matter in cell; Grammar, alteration in spelling of word.    ♦ metaplastic,   a. pertaining to metaplasm or metaplasia …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • metaplasm — См. metaplasma …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • metaplasm — n. [Gr. meta, after; plasma, formed or molded] Non living protoplasmic inclusions; metaplastic adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • metaplasm — metaplasmic, adj. /met euh plaz euhm/, n. 1. Cell Biol. the nonliving matter or inclusions, as starch or pigments, within a cell. 2. Gram. a. a change in the structure of a word or sentence made by adding, removing, or transposing the sounds or… …   Universalium

  • metaplasm — noun a) Any change in a word made by altering its letters or sounds b) A small particle (often nutrient) within a cell …   Wiktionary

  • metaplasm — meta·plasm (metґə plaz″əm) [meta + plasm] deuteroplasm …   Medical dictionary

  • metaplasm — meta·plasm …   English syllables

  • metaplasm — /ˈmɛtəplæzəm/ (say metuhplazuhm) noun 1. Biology the lifeless matter or inclusions (as starch, pigment, etc.) in the protoplasm of a cell. 2. a change in the structure of a word by adding, removing, or transposing the sounds of which it is… …   Australian English dictionary

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