One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Designating a theory according to which the matter in the universe was formed by condensation of a universal substance or ether at particular points; of or relating to this theory. Now historical and rare.
2Cell Biology. Of, relating to, or displaying pyknosis.
Early 20th century. In sense 1 from ancient Greek πύκνωσις condensation, condensed matter, after German pyknotisch.
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