Meaning of psilosis in English:

psilosis

Pronunciation /sʌɪˈləʊsɪs/

noun

Linguistics
  • Chiefly with reference to Greek: the substitution of plosive for aspirated or fricative consonants (as p for ph) or of smooth breathings for rough ones; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin psilosis action of stripping flesh and its etymon ancient Greek ψίλωσις action of stripping hair or flesh, in medieval Greek also action of writing or pronouncing with a smooth breathing or unaspirated consonant from ψιλοῦν to strip bare, make bald, in Hellenistic Greek also to write or pronounce with a smooth breathing or unaspirated consonant (from ψιλός bare, bald: see psilo-) + -ωσις.