from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The loss of one of two identical or similar adjacent syllables in a word, as in Latin nūtrīx, "nurse,” from earlier *nūtrītrīx.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The utterance of only one of two similar adjacent syllables or sounds that appear in the full pronunciation of the word.
Greek haplous, single, simple; see haploid + -logy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
haplo- + -logy (Wiktionary)