- the drawing together of two consecutive vowels or syllables into one syllable, esp. so as to form a diphthong
- Chem. contraction of a gel so that liquid is exuded at the surface, as in the separation of serum from a blood clot
Origin of syneresisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek synairesis, a taking or drawing together ; from syn-, together + hairein, to take
nounpl. syn·er·e·ses also syn·aer·e·ses
- Linguistics The drawing together into one syllable of two consecutive vowels or syllables, as in the formation of a diphthong.
- Chemistry The exudation of the liquid component of a gel, caused or accompanied by a contraction of the gel.
Origin of syneresisLate Latin synaeresis, from Greek sunairesis, from sunairein, to contract : sun-, syn- + hairein, to take, grasp.
- Alternative spelling of synaeresis.