fortition

fortition

[fawr-tish-uhn]
noun
1.
Phonetics. a phonological process that strengthens consonant articulation at the beginnings of syllables, causing devoicing or the formation of stops.
2.
Linguistics. a type of Celtic mutation that derives historically from phonological fortition.

Origin:
fort(is) + -ition, on the model of lenition

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