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Word of the Day 04/11/19 Metathesis

Metathesis (noun)
metathesis [muh-tath-uh-sis]


noun, plural me·tath·e·ses [muh-tath-uh-seez] /məˈtæθ əˌsiz/.
1. the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation [ kuhmf -ter-b uh  l] /ˈkʌmf tər bəl/ for comfortable or [aks] /æks/ for ask.
2. Chemistry. double decomposition.

RELATED FORMS
met·a·thet·ic [met- uh- thet -ik] /ˌmɛt əˈθɛt ɪk/ , met·a·thet·i·cal , adjective


Origin: 1600–10; < Late Latin: transposition of letters of a word < Greek metáthesis transposition. See meta-, thesis

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