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n. pl. aph·e·ses (-sēz′)
The loss of an initial, usually unstressed vowel from a word, as in cute from acute.

[Greek, a release, from aphīenai, aphe-, to let go : apo-, apo- + hīenai, to send; see diesis.]

a·phet′ic (ə-fĕt′ĭk) adj.
a·phet′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.aphetic - produced by aphesis
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Hence, the etymology of the preposition twen(e) needs to be revised and the ME twen(e) should rather be defined as "an aphetic form of betwen(e) < OE betweonum".
51) The aphetic form HT is noted under 'HT but has no separate entry; personal names beginning with HT are listed individually, however (200).
to reduce in price, an aphetic form of abatre; `bezzle' to guzzle, gulp down (food), an aphetic form of abesiller/embesiller, `bribe' a damaged length of cloth, i.