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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Metabasis (Rhet) A transition from one subject to another.
    • Metabasis (Med) Same as Metabola.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metabasis In rhetoric, a passing from one thing to another; transition.
    • n metabasis In medicine, a change, as in treatment or remedies, or of air, tissue, disease, etc. Also called metabola.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metabasis me-tab′a-sis a change, as in treatment or remedies: a transition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr., fr. to pass over; beyond, over + to go
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., meta, beyond, bainein, to go.


In literature:

Certain philosophers have, nevertheless, allowed themselves the liberty of making such a saltus (metabasis eis allo gonos).
"The Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant