- the combination into one syllable of two vowels (or of a vowel and a diphthong) that do not form a diphthong.
Origin of synizesis
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
- 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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- 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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