from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Linguistics The drawing together into one syllable of two consecutive vowels or syllables, as in the formation of a diphthong.
  • n. Chemistry Exudation of the liquid component of a gel.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of synaeresis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as synæresis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In grammar, the contraction of two syllables or two vowels into one; especially, contraction of two vowels so as to form a diphthong, as ne'er for never, Atreides for Atreïdes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
  • n. the separation of liquid from a gel that is caused by contraction (as in cheese making)


Late Latin synaeresis, from Greek sunairesis, from sunairein, to contract : sun-, syn- + hairein, to take, grasp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • But synalepha may occur in combinations of vowels in which syneresis would be impossible.

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  • However, after a week or so you'll want to make sure to test the consistency, as the hydrocolloids will tend to exhibit some syneresis (leaking of water), so you may need to add bit more xanthan and Ultratex to keep the pudding looking tight on the plate and feeling luscious and not watery in the mouth.

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  • "These were reported to be important in playing a role to prevent emulsion breakdown and to give better flavour release in the mouth as well as to inhibit syneresis,"

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