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Noun: synaeresis (synaereses)  si'ne-ri-sis
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: syneresis)
  1. The contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
    - syneresis
  2. The separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)
    - syneresis

Derived forms: synaereses

Type of: chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, linguistic process

Encyclopedia: Synaeresis