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synizesis

[sin-uh-zee-sis] /ˌsɪn əˈzi sɪs/
noun, Phonetics.
1.
the combination into one syllable of two vowels (or of a vowel and a diphthong) that do not form a diphthong.
Also called synaeresis.
Origin of synizesis
1840-1850
1840-50; < Late Latin < Greek synízēsis, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)iz- (stem of hízein to sit1) + -ēsis -esis
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  • The synizesis and synapsis stages are similar to those in Chelymorpha (figs. 61 and 62).

    Studies in Spermatogenesis Nettie Maria Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for synizesis

synizesis

/ˌsɪnɪˈziːsɪs/
noun
1.
(phonetics) the contraction of two vowels originally belonging to separate syllables into a single syllable, without diphthongization Compare syneresis
2.
(cytology) the contraction of chromatin towards one side of the nucleus during the prophase of meiosis
Word Origin
C19: via Late Latin from Greek sunizēsis a collapse, from sunizanein to sink down, from syn- + hizein to sit
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synizesis in Medicine

synizesis syn·i·ze·sis (sĭn'ĭ-zē'sĭs)
n.

  1. Closure or obliteration of the pupil of the eye.

  2. The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.

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