Definition of anaptyxis in English:

anaptyxis

noun

Phonetics
  • The insertion of a vowel between two consonants in pronunciation, as in filim for film.

    • ‘Prothesis and anaptyxis are often called simply ‘vowel’ or ‘schwa epenthesis’.’
    • ‘There is cross-linguistic evidence for associating anaptyxis-prothesis asymmetries with the nature of the consonants involved in the process.’
    • ‘It is the unstressed environment that licenses anaptyxis, and so consistently closed, unstressed syllables are required.’
    • ‘It seems more like anaptyxis to me, with maybe a compensatory syncope.’
    • ‘This appendix provides evidence of the application of anaptyxis in Old English.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek anaptuxis ‘unfolding’, from ana- ‘back, again’ + ptuxis ‘folding’.

Pronunciation

anaptyxis

/ˌanapˈtiksis/