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syneresis

Syllabification: syn·er·e·sis
Pronunciation: /səˈnerəsəs
 
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Definition of syneresis in English:

noun (plural synereses /-ˌsēz/)

1The contraction of two vowels into a diphthong or single vowel.
2 Chemistry The contraction of a gel accompanied by the separating out of liquid.
Example sentences
  • More specific chemical alterations such as syneresis or mineral dehydration can provide endogenous driving forces leading to overpressure.
  • This occurs as the gel fibrils are compacted and water is lost through syneresis.
  • For example, are we controlling syneresis, adding body and texture, suspending, thickening, gelling or whipping the particular product?

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek sunairesis, based on sun- 'together' + hairein 'take'.

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