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[an-uh p-tik-sis, an-ap-] /ˌæn əpˈtɪk sɪs, ˌæn æp-/
noun, plural anaptyxes
[an-uh p-tik-seez, an-ap-] /ˌæn əpˈtɪk siz, ˌæn æp-/ (Show IPA)
epenthesis of a vowel.
Origin of anaptyxis
1880-85; < New Latin < Greek, equivalent to anaptyk- (stem of anaptýssein to unfold, equivalent to ana- ana- + ptýssein to fold) + -sis -sis
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[an-uh p-tik-tik, an-ap-] /ˌæn əpˈtɪk tɪk, ˌæn æp-/ (Show IPA),
anaptyctical, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for anaptyxis


noun (pl) -tyxes (-ˈtɪksiːz)
the insertion of a short vowel between consonants in order to make a word more easily pronounceable
Derived Forms
anaptyctic (ˌænæpˈtɪktɪk), anaptyctical, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek anaptuxis, from anaptussein to unfold, from ana- + ptussein to fold
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