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a·phaer·e·sisor 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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