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syneresis

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noun syn·er·e·sis \sə-ˈner-ə-səs, -ˈnir-, especially for 2 ˌsi-nə-ˈrē-\

Definition of syneresis

  1. 1 :  synizesis

  2. 2 :  the separation of liquid from a gel caused by contraction



Origin of syneresis

Late Latin synaeresis, from Greek synairesis, from synairein to contract, from syn- + hairein to take


First Known Use: circa 1577


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syneresis

noun syn·ere·sis

Medical Definition of syneresis

  1. :  the separation of liquid from a gel caused by contraction



Variants of syneresis

also syn·ae·re·sis \ˌsin-ə-ˈrē-səs, sə-ˈner-ə-səs\play play

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