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noun, plural ec·thlip·ses [ek-thlip-seez] /ɛkˈθlɪp siz/.
  1. loss of a consonant, especially, in Latin, loss of a final m before a word beginning with a vowel or h.
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Origin of ecthlipsis

1650–60; < Late Latin < Greek ékthlīpsis, equivalent to ekthlī́b(ein) to squeeze out (ek- ec- + thlī́bein, variant of phlī́bein to squeeze) + -sis -sis
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Historical Examples of ecthlipsis

  • Ecthlipsis, ek-thlip′sis, n. omission or suppression of a letter.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)