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From Ancient Greek συνίζησις (sunízēsis, a sitting together), from σύν (sún, with) (English syn-) + ἱζάνω (hizánō, to sit).


synizesis (countable and uncountable, plural synizeses)

  1. (poetry) 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.
  2. (prosody) The pronunciation of two separate vowels as a single one.
  3. (medicine) An obliteration of the pupil of the eye.
  4. (biology) Dense clumping of chromosomes on one side of the nucleus, sometimes occurring prior to cell division.

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