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From Late Latin metathesis, from Ancient Greek μετάθεσις (metáthesis).

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metathesis

Plural
metatheses

metathesis (metatheses)
  1. the transposition of letters, syllables or sounds within a word, such as in ask as /æks/
  2. (chemistry) the double decomposition of inorganic salts
  3. (chemistry) the breaking and reforming of double bonds in olefins in which substituent groups are swapped

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