Definition of syneresis in English:

Share this entry

syneresis

Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɪərɪsɪs/

noun (plural synereses /sɪˈnɪərɪsiːz/)

[mass noun]
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'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: syn|ere¦sis

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.