noun combining form

variants or -clisis
plural -cleises or -clises
: closure : occlusion

Word History


borrowed from Greek klêisis, kleîsis, from klēi, klei-, stem of kleíō (earlier Attic klḗiō, Ionic klēḯō) "I shut, close, bar" (verbal derivative from the base *klēwī- "bar, bolt, key") + -sis -sis

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“-cleisis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-cleisis. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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