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n. pl. syn·i·ze·ses (-sēz)
1. Linguistics The union in pronunciation of two adjacent vowels into one syllable without forming a diphthong.
2. Biology The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.

[Late Latin synizēsis, from Greek sunizēsis, from sunizein, to collapse : sun-, syn- + hizein, to settle down; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the contraction of two vowels originally belonging to separate syllables into a single syllable, without diphthongization. Compare syneresis
2. (Biology) cytology the contraction of chromatin towards one side of the nucleus during the prophase of meiosis
[C19: via Late Latin from Greek sunizēsis a collapse, from sunizanein to sink down, from syn- + hizein to sit]


(ˌsɪn əˈzi sɪs)

the combination into one syllable of two vowels (or of a vowel and a diphthong) that do not form a diphthong. Also called syneresis.
[1840–50; < Late Latin < Greek synízēsis= syníz(ein) to fall together, collapse (syn- syn- + hízein to sit)]
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Noun1.synizesis - the contraction of chromatin towards one side of the nucleus during the prophase of meiosis
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
prophase - the first stage of meiosis
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It must be noted here that in the Greek literature hiatus and synizesis are usually considered to be two opposing forces reflecting the stylistic difference between high and low register or, in other terms, between Katharevousa (i.
16) Assuming scansion of `alveo' as a spondee with synizesis (cf.
Amory and Goldgar do not notice that Fielding's omnium at the end of line 10 is unmetrical, unless we suppose him to be scanning it as a disyllable by synizesis, a violent and unclassical procedure in this particular case.