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aph•e•sis  (afə sis),USA pronunciation n. [Historical Ling.]
  1. Linguisticsthe disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.
  • Greek áphesis a letting go, equivalent. to aphe- (variant stem of aphiénai to let go, set free; ap- ap-2 + hiénai to send) + -sis -sis
  • 1880

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aphesis /ˈæfɪsɪs/ n
  1. the gradual disappearance of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word, as in squire from esquire
Etymology: 19th Century: from Greek, from aphienai to set free, send away

aphetic /əˈfɛtɪk/ adj
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