syneresis

noun

syn·​er·​e·​sis sə-ˈner-ə-səs How to pronounce syneresis (audio)
-ˈnir-,
 especially for sense 2  ˌsi-nə-ˈrē-
1
2
: the separation of liquid from a gel caused by contraction

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of syneresis was circa 1577

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“Syneresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syneresis. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

syneresis

noun
syn·​ere·​sis
variants also synaeresis
: the separation of liquid from a gel caused by contraction

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