1. Cell Biology.
the nonliving matter or inclusions, as starch or pigments, within a cell
2. Grammar. a.
a change in the structure of a word
or sentence made by adding, removing, or transposing the sounds or words of which
it is composed or the letters that represent them.
the formation of oblique cases from a stem other than that of the nominative.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English metaplasmus Related forms
grammatical change, irregularity < Latin
< Greek metaplasmós
reforming, remodeling, derivative of metaplássein
to mould differently, remodel. See meta-