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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.


1. (Linguistics) a variant spelling of apheresis
2. (Medicine) a variant spelling of apheresis
aphaeretic adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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The acquisition will also enable hospitals to have expanded access to Terumo BCT's therapeutic aphaeresis technologies.
According to DHA figures, SDP collected from the aphaeresis unit has increased by 47 per cent in 2012 as compared to 2011.
Single donor platelets (SDP) collected from the aphaeresis unit has increased by 47 per cent in 2012 as compared to 2011.
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Upon examination after the first erythrocyte aphaeresis, improvement in the degree of erection and pain was evident, and priapism almost completely resolved after the second aphaeresis treatment.
com/prnh/20120724/546336) Biokine had previously completed a Phase 1/2 clinical study at several prestigious medical centers in Israel which indicated both the drug's safety and efficacy and its ability to shorten the number of treatment days and subsequent aphaeresis procedures.