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a·phaer·e·sis

or a·pher·e·sis (ə-fĕr′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. a·phaer·e·ses (-sēz′) or a·pher·e·ses
The loss of one or more sounds from the beginning of a word, as in copter from helicopter.

[Late Latin, from Greek aphairesis, from aphairein, to take away : apo-, apo- + hairein, to take.]

aph′ae·ret′ic (ăf′ə-rĕt′ĭk) adj.

aphaeresis

(əˈfɪərɪsɪs)
n
1. (Linguistics) a variant spelling of apheresis
2. (Medicine) a variant spelling of apheresis
aphaeretic adj
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Noun1.aphaeresis - (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
linguistics - the scientific study of language
deletion, omission - any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases