APHAERESIS BrE, apheresis AmE
[Stress: ‘a-FER-e-sis’]. The removal of an element from the beginning of a WORD, usually for informal economy of expression: copter
. Sometimes aphaeresis and APOCOPE
occur together: tec
. The use of an APOSTROPHE
to mark aphaeresis ('gator
) is now rare, expect when used to mark novel or unusual forms, as in 'kyou
for ‘thank you’. See APHESIS
the loss of a sound or sounds at the beginning of a word, e.g., in the derivation of adder from nadder.
(usu. a·pher·e·sis) Med.
the removal of blood plasma from the body by the withdrawal of blood, its separation into plasma and cells.