Definition of metaplasm in US English:

metaplasm

noun

  • 1Grammar. Usually with reference to classical languages: the alteration of a word by addition, removal, or transposition of letters or syllables; an instance of this.

  • 2Rhetoric. The transposition of words from their usual or natural order. Now rare.

noun

Biology Botany
historical
  • Originally: the granular (as opposed to the hyaline) portion of cytoplasm, containing various inclusions. Later also: granular substance within a nucleus, especially that of a plant oocyte or ovum.

Origin

Old English. From post-classical Latin metaplasmus (3rd cent.; recorded in classical Latin authors as a Greek word) from Hellenistic Greek μεταπλασμός from ancient Greek μετα- + -πλασμός, after μεταπλάσσειν to model differently, remould<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Alfred Bennett (1833–1902), botanist and publisher. From German Metaplasma from meta- + -plasma.

Pronunciation

metaplasm

/ˈmɛtəplaz(ə)m/