Definition of metabasis in US English:



  • 1Philosophy. The transferral of an argument from one subject, case, etc., to another of the same kind; an inference or connection based on (usually spurious) analogy.

  • 2Medicine. A change in the signs, symptoms, or treatment of a disease. Compare metabole. Now historical or rare.


Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From ancient Greek μετάβασις transition, change from μετα- + βάσις, after μεταβαίνειν to pass from one state to another, to change one's place, to change the subject (in writing or speech).