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[si-nek-ee-uh, -nee-kee-uh, sin-i-kahy-uh] /sɪˈnɛk i ə, -ˈni ki ə, ˌsɪn ɪˈkaɪ ə/
noun, plural synechiae
[si-nek-ee-ee, -nee-kee-ee, sin-i-kahy-ee] /sɪˈnɛk iˌi, -ˈni kiˌi, ˌsɪn ɪˈkaɪ i/ (Show IPA).
Medicine/Medical, Pathology
any adhesion of parts of the body, as of the iris to the cornea.
1835-45; < Neo-Latin < Greek synécheia continuity, coherence, equivalent to syneche-, stem of synechḗs (adj.) holding together (syn- syn- + ech(ein) to hold + -ēs adj. suffix) + -ia -ia Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for synechia

plural synechiae, 1842, Modern Latin, from Greek synekheia "continuity," from synekhes "continuous," from syn "together" (see syn-) + ekhein "to hold" (see scheme).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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synechia in Medicine

synechia syn·ech·i·a (sĭ-něk'ē-ə, -nē'kē-ə)
n. pl. syn·ech·i·ae (sĭ-něk'ē-ē', -nē'kē-ē')

  1. An adhesion of parts, especially involving the iris.

  2. Anterior synechia.

  3. Posterior synechia.

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