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English noun: inversion

1. inversion (phenomenon) the layer of air near the earth is cooler than an overlying layer

Broader (hypernym)atmospheric phenomenon

2. inversion (state) abnormal condition in which an organ is turned inward or inside out (as when the upper part of the uterus is pulled into the cervical canal after childbirth)

Broader (hypernym)abnormalcy, abnormality

3. inversion (process) a chemical process in which the direction of optical rotation of a substance is reversed from dextrorotatory to levorotary or vice versa

Broader (hypernym)chemical action, chemical change, chemical process

4. inversion (event) (genetics) a kind of mutation in which the order of the genes in a section of a chromosome is reversed

Broader (hypernym)chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation

Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

5. inversion (communication) the reversal of the normal order of words


Broader (hypernym)rhetorical device

6. inversion (communication) (counterpoint) a variation of a melody or part in which ascending intervals are replaced by descending intervals and vice versa

Broader (hypernym)variation

Domain categorycounterpoint

7. inversion (act) a term formerly used to mean taking on the gender role of the opposite sex

Synonymssexual inversion

Broader (hypernym)gayness, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, queerness

8. inversion (act) turning upside down; setting on end


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)overturn, turnover, upset

9. inversion (act) the act of turning inside out

Synonymseversion, everting

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

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