anaptyxis


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anaptyxis

(ˌænæpˈtɪksɪs)
n, pl -tyxes (-ˈtɪksiːz)
(Phonetics & Phonology) the insertion of a short vowel between consonants in order to make a word more easily pronounceable
[C19: via New Latin from Greek anaptuxis, from anaptussein to unfold, from ana- + ptussein to fold]
anaptyctic, ˌanapˈtyctical adj
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