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synapsis

syn·ap·sis

synapsis

 
pronunciation:
sih naep sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: synapses
definition 1: in the early stage of meiosis, the side-by-side pairing of comparable male and female chromosomes.
definition 2: a synapse.
derivation: synaptic (adj.)
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The word synapsis contains the following part:
syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-