In mathematics, in the field of group theory, a quasinormal subgroup, or permutable subgroup, is a subgroup of a group that commutes (permutes) with every other subgroup. The term quasinormal subgroup was introduced by Øystein Ore in 1937.
Two subgroups are said to permute (or commute) if any element from the first subgroup, times an element of the second subgroup, can be written as an element of the second subgroup, times an element of the first subgroup. That is, and as subgroups of are said to commute if HK = KH, that is, any element of the form with and can be written in the form where and .
A conjugate permutable subgroup is one that commutes with all its conjugate subgroups. Every quasinormal subgroup is conjugate permutable.
Every normal subgroup is quasinormal, because, in fact, a normal subgroup commutes with every element of the group. The converse is not true. For instance, any extension of a cyclic group of prime power order by another cyclic group of prime power order for the same prime, has the property that all its subgroups are quasinormal. However, not all of its subgroups need be normal.
Also, every quasinormal subgroup of a finite group is a subnormal subgroup. This follows from the somewhat stronger statement that every conjugate permutable subgroup is subnormal, which in turn follows from the statement that every maximal conjugate permutable subgroup is normal. (The finiteness is used crucially in the proofs.)
In any group, every quasinormal subgroup is ascendant.