noun, plural ecthlipses [ek-thlip-seez] .
loss of a consonant, especially, in Latin, loss of a final m before a word beginning with a vowel or h.

1650–60; < Late Latin < Greek ékthlīpsis, equivalent to ekthlī́b(ein) to squeeze out (ek- ec- + thlī́bein, variant of phlī́bein to squeeze) + -sis -sis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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