syneresis

[ si-ner-uh-sis ]
/ sɪˈnɛr ə sɪs /

noun

Physical Chemistry. the contraction of a gel accompanied by the exudation of liquid.

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Origin of syneresis

First recorded in 1570–80; variant of synaeresis

Definition for syneresis (2 of 2)

synaeresis

or syn·er·e·sis

[ si-ner-uh-sis ]
/ sɪˈnɛr ə sɪs /

noun Phonetics.

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

1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek synaíresis act of taking together, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)aire- (stem of haireîn to take) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for syneresis (1 of 2)

syneresis

synaeresis

/ (sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for syneresis (2 of 2)

synaeresis
/ (sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs) /

noun

a variant spelling of syneresis
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Medical definitions for syneresis

syneresis
[ sĭ-nĕrĭ-sĭs ]

n. pl. syn•er•e•ses (-sēz′)

The contraction of a gel, as a blood clot, and the exudation of part of its liquid component.
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