• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metaplasm (Gram) A change in the letters or syllables of a word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metaplasm In grammar: A change or transmutation in a word by adding, transposing, or retrenching a syllable or letter.
    • n metaplasm Formation of an oblique case or cases from a stem other than that of the nominative.
    • n metaplasm In botany, protoplasm containing certain carbohydrates which are eventually separated from it in the formation of cell-walls or as secretions.
    • n metaplasm In cytology, a collective term applied to lifeless or non-living substances or inclusions such as yolk-bodies, starch, pigment, etc., in the cell-protoplasm, as distinguished from the living substances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metaplasm a grammatical change in a word by adding or dropping a letter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. metaplasmus, Gr. ; beyond, over + to mold: cf. F. métaplasme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. meta, over, plasisplassein, to form.