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Meaning of APHERESIS

Pronunciation:  u'ferisis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'

APHERESIS is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: aphaeresis, pheresis
 See Also: deletion, dialysis, omission, plasmapheresis, plateletpheresis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*pher"e*sis\ (?; 277), n. [L. aphaeresis, Gr. ?, fr.
? to take away; ? + ? to take.]
1. (Gram.) The dropping of a letter or syllable from the
   beginning of a word; e. g., cute for acute.

2. (Surg.) An operation by which any part is separated from
   the rest. [Obs.] --Dunglison.