[ sin-uh-zee-sis ]
/ ˌsɪn əˈzi sɪs /
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the combination into one syllable of two vowels (or of a vowel and a diphthong) that do not form a diphthong.
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Also called synaeresis.
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The synizesis and synapsis stages are similar to those in Chelymorpha (figs. 61 and 62).Studies in Spermatogenesis|Nettie Maria Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for synizesis
/ (ˌsɪnɪˈziːsɪs) /
phonetics the contraction of two vowels originally belonging to separate syllables into a single syllable, without diphthongizationCompare syneresis
cytology the contraction of chromatin towards one side of the nucleus during the prophase of meiosis
Word Origin for synizesis
C19: via Late Latin from Greek sunizēsis a collapse, from sunizanein to sink down, from syn- + hizein to sit
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Medical definitions for synizesis
[ sĭn′ĭ-zē′sĭs ]
Closure or obliteration of the pupil of the eye.
The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.
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