metathesis

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

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metathesis ‎(plural metatheses)

  1. (phonetics, prosody) The transposition of letters, syllables or sounds within a word, such as in ask as /æks/.
  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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