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metaplasm

[met-uh-plaz-uh m] /ˈmɛt əˌplæz əm/
noun
1.
Cell Biology. the nonliving matter or inclusions, as starch or pigments, within a cell.
2.
Grammar.
  1. 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.
  2. the formation of oblique cases from a stem other than that of the nominative.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English metaplasmus grammatical change, irregularity < Latin < Greek metaplasmós reforming, remodeling, derivative of metaplássein to mould differently, remodel. See meta-, -plasm
Related forms
metaplasmic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metaplasmic

metaplasm

/ˈmɛtəˌplæzəm/
noun
1.
the nonliving constituents, such as starch and pigment granules, of the cytoplasm of a cell
Derived Forms
metaplasmic, adjective
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metaplasmic in Medicine

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


met'a·plas'tic (-plās'tĭk) adj.
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