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Variant of syneresis.
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1. (Chemistry) a variant spelling of syneresis
2. (Linguistics) a variant spelling of syneresis
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(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)]
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Noun1.synaeresis - the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
2.synaeresis - 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
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