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nounPlural syneresesmass noun
1The contraction of two vowels into a diphthong or single vowel.abbreviation, short form, shortened form, elisionView synonyms
The contraction of a gel accompanied by the separating out of liquid.
- ‘Pectin and gelatin can help modify the texture of the yogurt and help prevent syneresis.’
- ‘Hydrocolloids provide texture and body and control syneresis, he adds.’
- ‘This occurs as the gel fibrils are compacted and water is lost through syneresis.’
- ‘More specific chemical alterations such as syneresis or mineral dehydration can provide endogenous driving forces leading to overpressure.’
- ‘For example, are we controlling syneresis, adding body and texture, suspending, thickening, gelling or whipping the particular product?’
Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek sunairesis, based on sun- ‘together’ + hairein ‘take’.
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