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or a·pher·e·sis (ə-fĕr′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. a·phaer·e·ses (-sēz′) or a·pher·e·ses
The loss of one or more sounds from the beginning of a word, as in copter from helicopter.

[Late Latin, from Greek aphairesis, from aphairein, to take away : apo-, apo- + hairein, to take.]

aph′ae·ret′ic (ăf′ə-rĕt′ĭk) adj.
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1. (Linguistics) a variant spelling of apheresis
2. (Medicine) a variant spelling of apheresis
aphaeretic adj
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Noun1.aphaeresis - (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
linguistics - the scientific study of language
deletion, omission - any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
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Anoke further stated that the national hospital has acquired improved technological equipment for blood transfusion through the use of modern automation, known as Aphaeresis.
As Wilson-Wright argues, however, Classical Arabic Hyya cannot be cognate to Hebrew ?dt and Aramaic ?yt I yat for several reasons: ?iyya-t would not contract to (?o)t in Hebrew, nor would it undergo aphaeresis in Aramaic, since the loss of the aleph and its vowel would leave a word-initial consonant cluster; additionally, Hyya- is a qittal noun from the root [??]yy (Testen 1997-98: 217-18), whereas *?ayat is probably a qatal noun from the root [??]yt.
Different treatment options were evaluated such as IFX, ADA, other biological treatments (golimumab, natalizumab, or VED), 5-ASA, immunosuppressants (AZA, 6MP, MTX, or cyclosporine), surgery (colectomy or Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis (IPAA)), and granulocyte-monocyte aphaeresis (GMA).
Caption: FIGURE 3: Initial increase of creatinine levels showing decrease of renal function and decrease of red blood cells, hemolytic anemia, the breaking point on day 9, after 10 days after trying with RRT and aphaeresis Eculizumab therapy was started with a subsequently recovery of red cell line and creatinine level.
Also characteristic of Lucretius, one finds aphaeresis after a closing -m, for example, pangendast (4), perfusast (27) and suppostast (89) as well as the suppression of final -s as in semotu' (13), omnibu' (48), and compostu' (67).
* Donor lounges for Blood collection, aphaeresis and oncology
Since 2010, the NBTS in Mauritius performs aphaeresis donations.
Increasing prevalence of blood related disorders and other chronic disorders like cancer, autoimmune diseases are expected to drive the aphaeresis equipment market.
Para evitar este tipo de sucessao, que constantemente surge na formacao e inflexao das palavras, diversos recursos podem ser empregados: a crase, a elisao e a aphaeresis, alem da escolha vocabular.
One approach is in the form of aphaeresis termed as neocytaphaeresis [22] We can prepare concentrated neocytes by centrifugation and separation technique using refrigerated centrifuge by the principle of density.
[11] TRALI has been reported from all types of blood components including whole blood, red cells, aphaeresis platelets, whole blood platelets, fresh frozen plasma, cryoprecipitate, granulocytes, stem cell products, and even intravenous immunoglobulin preparations.