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cat·a·lex·is

 (kăt′l-ĕk′sĭs)
n. pl. cat·a·lex·es (-sēz′)
The absence of one or more syllables in a line of verse, especially in the last foot.

[Greek katalēxis, from katalēgein, to leave off; see catalectic.]

catalexis

(ˌkætəˈlɛksɪs)
n
the state of lacking a syllable in the last foot of a line of poetry

catalexis

incompleteness of a foot, wherever it appears in a verse. — catalectic, adj.
See also: Verse
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Noun1.catalexis - the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
cadence, metre, meter, measure, beat - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
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Comparative Table of Catalexes and Harsh Mappings (1000-line samples) Lines with Initial Internal Total Harsh Catalexes Catalexis Catalexis Mappings Pope 0 0 0 0 Milton (PL) 0 0 0 0.
Thus Shakespeare's editors, from the anonymous redactor(s) of F2 onwards, have expended much ink and ingenuity in attempting to redeem the National Poet from the charge of incorrectness by repairing the catalexes in his dramatic verse.
Though single catalexes generally go unremarked, multiple catalexis will sometimes obtrude itself upon a critic's attention, in which case it will tend to be interpreted prescriptively as a departure from metricality.