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

  • n. Linguistics The union in pronunciation of two adjacent vowels into one syllable without forming a diphthong.
  • n. Biology The phase of meiosis in some species in which the chromatin contracts into a mass at one side of the nucleus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An obliteration of the pupil of the eye.
  • n. A poetic figure of speech in which two consecutive vowel sounds in the same word are pronounced as a single phoneme so that certain words adhere to a particular poetic meter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An obliteration of the pupil of the eye.
  • n. A contraction of two syllables into one; synecphonesis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, closure of the pupil; an obliteration of the pupil of the eye, causing a total loss of vision.
  • n. In grammar, the combination into one syllable of two vowels that would not form a diphthong.

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

  • n. the contraction of chromatin towards one side of the nucleus during the prophase of meiosis


Late Latin synizēsis, from Greek sunizēsis, from sunizein, to collapse : sun-, syn- + hizein, to settle down; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek Συνιζησις, a sitting together. (Wiktionary)


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