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[si-ner-uh-sis] /sɪˈnɛr ə sɪs/
Physical Chemistry. the contraction of a gel accompanied by the exudation of liquid.
Origin of syneresis
1570-80; variant of synaeresis Unabridged
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  • When soYbean milk was not denatured much syneresis occurred.
  • Ripple marks, syneresis cracks, and mud chips common in places.
British Dictionary definitions for syneresis


(chem) the process in which a gel contracts on standing and exudes liquid, as in the separation of whey in cheese-making
the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
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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syneresis in Medicine

syneresis syn·er·e·sis (sĭ-něr'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. syn·er·e·ses (-sēz')
The contraction of a gel, as a blood clot, and the exudation of part of its liquid component.

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