nMetaplasm(Gram) A change in the letters or syllables of a word.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nmetaplasmIn grammar: A change or transmutation in a word by adding, transposing, or retrenching a syllable or letter.
nmetaplasmFormation of an oblique case or cases from a stem other than that of the nominative.
nmetaplasmIn botany, protoplasm containing certain carbohydrates which are eventually separated from it in the formation of cell-walls or as secretions.
nmetaplasmIn 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.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
nMetaplasma grammatical change in a word by adding or dropping a letter
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. metaplasmus, Gr. ; beyond, over + to mold: cf. F. métaplasme,