Related to parasynthetic: parasympathetic nervous system


n. pl. par·a·syn·the·ses (-sēz′)
The formation of words by a combination of compounding and adding an affix, as in downhearted, formed from down plus heart plus -ed, not down plus hearted.

par′a·syn·thet′ic (-thĕt′ĭk) adj.
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3) See Martin Arista (forthcoming d) on the existence of parasynthetic formations with type-frequent Old English affixes, such as ge- and un-.
He treats the so-called parasynthetic words, which are defined by the fact that the suffix can only be added to the prefixed form, not to the stem alone.
It is also not quite clear why words like anti-bacterial are considered to be parasynthetic formations (p.