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epenthesis

[ uh-pen-thuh-sis ]
/ əˈpɛn θə sɪs /
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noun, plural ep·en·the·ses [uh-pen-thuh-seez]. /əˈpɛn θəˌsiz/.
the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word, as the schwa in the nonstandard pronunciation [el-uhm] /ˈɛl əm/ of elm.
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Origin of epenthesis

1650–60; <Late Latin: insertion of a letter <Greek epénthesis equivalent to ep-ep- + en-en-2 + thésis placing; see thesis

OTHER WORDS FROM epenthesis

ep·en·thet·ic [ep-uhn-thet-ik], /ˌɛp ənˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epenthesis

epenthesis
/ (ɛˈpɛnθɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
the insertion of a sound or letter into a word

Derived forms of epenthesis

epenthetic (ˌɛpɛnˈθɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epenthesis

C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from epentithenai to insert, from epi- + en- ² + tithenai to place
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