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ecthlipsis

[ek-thlip-sis] /ɛkˈθlɪp sɪs/
noun, plural ecthlipses
[ek-thlip-seez] /ɛkˈθlɪp siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
loss of a consonant, especially, in Latin, loss of a final m before a word beginning with a vowel or h.
Origin of ecthlipsis
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin < Greek ékthlīpsis, equivalent to ekthlī́b(ein) to squeeze out (ek- ec- + thlī́bein, variant of phlī́bein to squeeze) + -sis -sis
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