- the contraction of two adjacent vowels into a single syllable, without the formation of a diphthong
- Biol. the massing of the chromatin in meiosis during synapsis
Origin of synizesisLate Latin from Classical Greek syniz?sis from synizanein, to sink in, collapse from syn-, with + hizein, to sit
- Linguistics The union in pronunciation of two adjacent vowels into one syllable without forming a diphthong.
- Biology The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.
Origin of synizesisLate Latin synizēsis from Greek sunizēsis from sunizein to collapse sun- syn- hizein to settle down ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
Ancient Greek Î£Ï…Î½Î¹Î¶Î·ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚, a sitting together.