syneresis

Primary Meanings of syneresis

1.
n
the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
2.
n
the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)
Full Definitions of syneresis
1

n the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong

Synonyms:
synaeresis
Type of:
linguistic process
a process involved in human language
2

n the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)

Synonyms:
synaeresis
Type of:
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process
(chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved

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