metaplasmic

metaplasm

[met-uh-plaz-uhm]
noun
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.
b.
the formation of oblique cases from a stem other than that of the nominative.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English metaplasmus grammatical change, irregularity < Latin < Greek metaplasmós reforming, remodeling, derivative of metaplássein to mould differently, remodel. See meta-, -plasm

metaplasmic, adjective
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metaplasm (ˈmɛtəˌplæzəm)
 
n
the nonliving constituents, such as starch and pigment granules, of the cytoplasm of a cell
 
meta'plasmic
 
adj

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metaplasm met·a·plasm (mět'ə-plāz'əm)
n.
See cell inclusion.


met'a·plas'tic (-plās'tĭk) adj.
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