- 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 syniz&emacron;sis, from Greek suniz&emacron;sis, 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.