[ an-uh p-tik-sis, an-ap- ]
/ ˌæn əpˈtɪk sɪs, ˌæn æp- /

noun, plural an·ap·tyx·es [an-uh p-tik-seez, an-ap-] /ˌæn əpˈtɪk siz, ˌæn æp-/.

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

Related forms

an·ap·tyc·tic [an-uh p-tik-tik, an-ap-] /ˌæn əpˈtɪk tɪk, ˌæn æp-/, an·ap·tyc·ti·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anaptyxis


/ (ˌænæpˈtɪksɪs) /

noun plural -tyxes (-ˈtɪksiːz)

the insertion of a short vowel between consonants in order to make a word more easily pronounceable

Derived Forms

anaptyctic (ˌænæpˈtɪktɪk) or anaptyctical, adjective

Word Origin for anaptyxis

C19: via New Latin from Greek anaptuxis, from anaptussein to unfold, from ana- + ptussein to fold
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