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synaeresis

[si-ner-uh-sis] /sɪˈnɛr ə sɪs/
noun, Phonetics
1.
the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one, especially the contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong.
2.
Also, syneresis.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin < Greek synaíresis act of taking together, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)aire- (stem of haireîn to take) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for synaeresis

synaeresis

/sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of syneresis

syneresis

/sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs/
noun
1.
(chem) the process in which a gel contracts on standing and exudes liquid, as in the separation of whey in cheese-making
2.
the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
3.
another word for synizesis
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek sunairesis a shortening, from sunairein to draw together, from syn- + hairein to take
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