nounplural noun crases/ˈkreɪsiːz/Phonetics
A contraction of two adjacent vowels into one long vowel or diphthong, for example the reduction of words in ancient Greek from three syllables to two.
abbreviation, short form, shortened form, elision
- ‘In some cases analogous to crasis two simple tags best describe a single Greek word.’
Mid 16th century (as a medical term denoting the blending of physical qualities giving rise to a particular state of health): from Greek krasis ‘mixture’.