Definition of spirantization in English:

spirantization

noun

Phonetics
  • See spirant

    • ‘The constraint which forces spirantization also predicts the distribution of released and unreleased stops.’
    • ‘This study addresses whether or not intervocalic nasal consonants in Spanish undergo spirantization in aerodynamic terms.’
    • ‘The first question concerns the nature of this spirantization: do the triggers (vowel, glide, plosive) form a natural class?’
    • ‘A subtle feature of Japanese allophonic variation is that spirantization of certain affricates occurring word-internally.’
    • ‘This paper presents the results of a first acoustic phonetic investigation into voiceless spirantization in the variety of Tuscan Italian spoken in Siena.’