Definition of aphaeresis in English:



  • 1Linguistics
    The loss of a sound or sounds at the beginning of a word, e.g., in the derivation of adder from nadder.

    • ‘When the indefinite article was being restored to its separate existence, the word ‘atomy’ was falsely coined from ‘anatomy’ through aphaeresis, by the removal of the supposed indefinite article.’
    • ‘In some words initial e has been lost by aphaeresis: squire from esquire, sample from example, state from estate.’
    leaving out, exclusion, exception, non-inclusion, deletion, erasure, cut, excision, elimination, absence
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  • 2Medicine
    The removal of blood plasma from the body by the withdrawal of blood, its separation into plasma and cells, and the reintroduction of the cells, used especially to remove antibodies in treating autoimmune diseases.

    • ‘Another method used for separating out some of the components of blood consists of a technique known as apheresis.’
    • ‘Now, Becky donates just platelets and plasma via a process called apheresis.’
    • ‘Since most of the patients are not eligible for allogenic transplantation, autologous bone marrow or more increasingly mobilized peripheric blood stem cells obtained by apheresis are used for grafting.’
    • ‘Platelets collected by apheresis were counted as single units.’
    • ‘Removing blood stem cells from your blood during apheresis doesn't hurt.’


Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek aphairesis, from aphairein take away from apo from + hairein take.