pretonic

adjective
pre·tonic | \ (ˈ)prē+ \

Definition of pretonic 

1 of a sound : immediately preceding or constituting one of a succession of consonants immediately preceding a vowel having stress

2 of a syllable : immediately preceding a syllable having stress

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History and Etymology for pretonic

International Scientific Vocabulary pre- + tonic

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