Synizesis meaning

sĭnĭ-zēsĭs
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(linguistics) The union in pronunciation of two adjacent vowels into one syllable without forming a diphthong.
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(biology) The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.
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The contraction of two adjacent vowels into a single syllable, without the formation of a diphthong.
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(biol.) The massing of the chromatin in meiosis during synapsis.
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(biology) The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.
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(medicine) An obliteration of the pupil of the eye.
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A poetic figure of speech in which two consecutive vowel sounds in the same word are pronounced as a single phoneme so that certain words adhere to a particular poetic meter.
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Origin of synizesis

  • Late Latin synizēsis from Greek sunizēsis from sunizein to collapse sun- syn- hizein to settle down sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek Συνιζησις, a sitting together.

    From Wiktionary