- Physical Chemistry. the contraction of a gel accompanied by the exudation of liquid.
Origin of syneresis
First recorded in 1570–80; variant of synaeresis
- the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one, especially the contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong.
Origin of synaeresis
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Syneresis, Synresis, si-ner′e-sis, n. the coalescence of two vowels or syllables—opp.
But synalepha may occur in combinations of vowels in which syneresis would be impossible.Modern Spanish Lyrics
- chem the process in which a gel contracts on standing and exudes liquid, as in the separation of whey in cheese-making
- the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
- another word for synizesis
Word Origin for syneresis
C16: via Late Latin from Greek sunairesis a shortening, from sunairein to draw together, from syn- + hairein to take
- a variant spelling of syneresis
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- The contraction of a gel, as a blood clot, and the exudation of part of its liquid component.
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