(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.
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 syneresis
- Late Latin synaeresis from Greek sunairesis from sunairein to contract sun- syn- hairein to take, grasp
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition