syneresis

noun
syn·​er·​e·​sis | \ sə-ˈner-ə-səs How to pronounce syneresis (audio) , -ˈnir-, especially for sense 2 ˌsi-nə-ˈrē- \

Definition of syneresis

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

First Known Use of syneresis

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for syneresis

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

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The first known use of syneresis was circa 1577

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syneresis

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“Syneresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syneresis. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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syneresis

noun
syn·​ere·​sis
variants: also synaeresis \ ˌsin-​ə-​ˈrē-​səs How to pronounce syneresis (audio) , sə-​ˈner-​ə-​səs How to pronounce syneresis (audio) \

Medical Definition of syneresis

: the separation of liquid from a gel caused by contraction

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