PRONUNCIATION: (AN-ti-muh-TAB-uh-lee)

MEANING: noun: A repetition of words or an idea in a reverse order.
Example: "To fail to plan is to plan to fail."

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek antimetabole, from anti- (opposite) + metabole (change), from meta- (after, along) + bole (a throw). Earliest documented use: 1589.


ANTIMETABLE - what the grammatically-challenged child might use to learn multiplication

ANATIMETABOLE - that new Medical School course where you learn not just the parts of the body and their relationships but also their biochemical pathways

ANDIMETABOLE - what else happened after I was screaming down the road on my motorcycle, and lost control, and ran into a tree