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anaptyxis

[ an-uhp-tik-sis, an-ap- ]
/ ˌæn əpˈtɪk sɪs, ˌæn æp- /
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noun, plural an·ap·tyx·es [an-uhp-tik-seez, an-ap-]. /ˌæn əpˈtɪk siz, ˌæn æp-/.

epenthesis of a vowel.

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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
an·ap·tyc·tic [an-uhp-tik-tik, an-ap-], /ˌæn əpˈtɪk tɪk, ˌæn æp-/, an·ap·tyc·ti·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anaptyxis

anaptyxis
/ (ˌænæpˈtɪksɪs) /

noun plural -tyxes (-ˈtɪksiːz)

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