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n. pl. aph·e·ses (-sēz′)
The loss of an initial, usually unstressed vowel from a word, as in cute from acute.
[Greek, a release, from aphīenai, aphe-, to let go : apo-, apo- + hīenai, to send; see diesis.]
a·phet′ic (ə-fĕt′ĭk) adj.
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|Adj.||1.||aphetic - produced by aphesis|
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