One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Ophthalmology. Adhesion between the iris and the cornea (more fully "anterior synechia") or between the iris and the capsule of the lens (more fully "posterior synechia"); an adhesion of this kind.
2An adhesion formed elsewhere in the body, especially within the aural or nasal cavities.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Woolhouse's Treatise Cataract & Glaucoma. From post-classical Latin synechia from ancient Greek συνέχεια continuity, in Hellenistic Greek also viscosity from συνεχής continuous, conjoined, clinging, dense + -εια; compare -ia.
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