Metabasis to Metamorphism
(Me*tab"a*sis) n.; pl. Metabases [NL., fr. Gr. fr. to pass over; beyond, over + to go.]
1. (Rhet.) A transition from one subject to another.
2. (Med.) Same as Metabola.
(||Me*tab"o*la ||Me*tab"o*le) n. [NL., from Gr. change; beyond + to throw.] (Med.) A change
or mutation; a change of disease, symptoms, or treatment.
(||Me*tab"o*la ||Met`a*bo"li*a) n. pl. [NL. See 1st Metabola.] (Zoöl.) A comprehensive group
of insects, including those that undegro a metamorphosis.
(Met`a*bo"li*an) n. [See Metabola.] (Zoöl.) An insect which undergoes a metamorphosis.
(Met`a*bol"ic) a. [Gr. . See Metabola.]
1. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to metamorphosis; pertaining to, or involving, change.
2. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to metabolism; as, metabolic activity; metabolic force.
(||Met`a*bol"i*sis) n. [NL.] Metabolism. [R.]
(Me*tab"o*lism) n. (Physiol.) The act or process, by which living tissues or cells take up
and convert into their own proper substance the nutritive material brought to them by the blood, or by
which they transform their cell protoplasm into simpler substances, which are fitted either for excretion or
for some special purpose, as in the manufacture of the digestive ferments. Hence, metabolism may be
either constructive or destructive
(Me*tab"o*lite) n. (Physiol Chem.) A product of metabolism; a substance produced by metabolic
action, as urea.
(Me*tab"o*lize) v. t. & i. (Physiol.) To change by a metabolic process. See Metabolism.
(Met`a*bran"chi*al) a. [Meta- + branchial.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the lobe of the
carapace of crabs covering the posterior branchiæ.
(Met`a*car"pal) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the metacarpus. n. A metacarpal bone.
(Met`a*car"pus) n. [NL., fr. Gr. beyond, between + the wrist.] (Anat.) That part of the
skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones.
See Illust. of Artiodactyla.
(Met`a*cen"ter or -tre), n. [Pref. meta- + center.] (Hydrostatics) The point of intersection
of a vertical line through the center of gravity of the fluid displaced by a floating body which is tipped
through a small angle from its position of equilibrium, and the inclined line which was vertical through
the center of gravity of the body when in equilibrium.
When the metacenter is above the center of gravity, the position of the body is stable; when below it,
(Me*tac"e*tone) n. [Pref. met- + acetone.] (Chem.) A colorless liquid of an agreeable
odor, C6H10O, obtained by distilling a mixture of sugar and lime; so called because formerly regarded
as a polymeric modification of acetone.
(Met`a*chlo"ral) n. [Pref. meta- + chloral.] (Chem.) A white, amorphous, insoluble substance
regarded as a polymeric variety of chloral.