- noun1. (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'• Syn: ↑aphaeresis• Topics: ↑linguistics2. a procedure in which blood is drawn and separated into its components by dialysis; some are retained and the rest are returned to the donor by transfusion• Syn: ↑pheresis• Derivationally related forms: ↑apheretic• Hypernyms: ↑dialysis
* * *—apheretic /af'euh ret"ik/, adj./euh fer"euh sis/ for 1; /af'euh ree"sis/ for 2, n.1. Also, aphaeresis. the loss or omission of one or more letters or sounds at the beginning of a word, as in squire for esquire, or count for account.2. Med. the withdrawal of whole blood from the body, separation of one or more components, and return by transfusion of remaining blood to the donor.[1605-15; < LL aphaeresis < Gk aphaíresis a taking away, equiv to aphairé(în) to take away (ap- AP-2 + haireîn to snatch) + -sis -SIS]
* * *apheresis /a-fēˈri-sis/noun1. A process in which blood from a donor is separated into its constituent parts, so that those that are required may be used for transfusion and the remainder returned to the donor2. (also aphaeˈresis) the taking away of a sound or syllable at the beginning of a word (grammar)ORIGIN: Gr apo away, and pherein to carry
Useful english dictionary. 2012.