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also syn·aer·e·sis (sĭ-nĕr′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. syn·er·e·ses (-sēz′) also syn·aer·e·ses
1. Linguistics The drawing together into one syllable of two consecutive vowels or syllables, as in the formation of a diphthong.
2. Chemistry The exudation of the liquid component of a gel, caused or accompanied by a contraction of the gel.

[Late Latin synaeresis, from Greek sunairesis, from sunairein, to contract : sun-, syn- + hairein, to take, grasp.]


(sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs) or


1. (Chemistry) chem the process in which a gel contracts on standing and exudes liquid, as in the separation of whey in cheese-making
2. (Linguistics) the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) another word for synizesis
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek sunairesis a shortening, from sunairein to draw together, from syn- + hairein to take]


(sɪˈnɛr ə sɪs)

1. the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one, esp. the contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong.
3. the contraction of a gel accompanied by the exudation of liquid.
[1570–80; < Late Latin synaeresis < Greek synaíresis, derivative of synaireîn to seize together (syn- syn- + haireîn to take)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.syneresis - the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
2.syneresis - the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved


[sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs] n (Gram) → crasi f
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The important issue is that final accented falling diphthongs followed by an initial vowel regularly count as two syllables in the Divine Comedy, and it seems reasonable to conclude that they should all be treated in the same way, either as diaereses followed by sinalefe or as synaereses followed by dialefe; my own preference, which I have adopted throughout, is for the latter, as the simpler and more consensual solution.