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metaphor
  • n  a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
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metaphosphoric acid
  • n  a glassy solid acid ([HPO3]n) often used as a dehydrating agent
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metaphysis
  • n  the growing part of a long bone between the diaphysis and the epiphysis
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metaplastic anaemia
  • n  pernicious anemia in which the various formed elements in the blood are changed
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metaplastic anemia
  • n  pernicious anemia in which the various formed elements in the blood are changed
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metaproterenol
  • n  a bronchodilator (trade name Alupent) used to treat asthma and emphysema and other lung conditions; available in oral or inhalant forms; side effects include tachycardia and shakiness
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metarule
  • n  a rule that describes how other rules should be used (as in AI)
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metasequoia
  • n  large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China
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metasequoia glyptostrodoides
  • n  large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China
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metastability
  • n  the quality of a physical system that persists in its existing equilibrium when undisturbed (or only slightly disturbed) but able to pass to a more stable equilibrium when sufficiently disturbed
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metastasis
  • n  the spreading of a disease (especially cancer) to another part of the body
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metastatic tumor
  • n  a tumor that is malignant and tends to spread to other parts of the body
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metatarsal arch
  • n  the short lateral arch formed by the heads of the metatarsals
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metatarsal artery
  • n  dorsal and plantar arteries to the metatarsal region of the foot
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metatarsal vein
  • n  dorsal and plantar branches of veins serving the metatarsal region of the foot
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metatarsus
  • n  the skeleton of the human foot between the toes and the tarsus; the corresponding part of the foot in birds or of the hind foot in quadrupeds
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metatherian
  • n  primitive pouched mammals found mainly in Australia and the Americas
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metathesis
  • n  a linguistic process of transposition of sounds or syllables within a word or words within a sentence
  • n  a chemical reaction between two compounds in which parts of each are interchanged to form two new compounds (AB+CD=AD+CB)
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