Definition of syneresis in English:


Pronunciation /səˈnerəsəs/ /səˈnɛrəsəs/


  • 1The contraction of two vowels into a diphthong or single vowel.

    abbreviation, short form, shortened form, elision
  • 2Chemistry
    The contraction of a gel accompanied by the separating out of liquid.

    • ‘More specific chemical alterations such as syneresis or mineral dehydration can provide endogenous driving forces leading to overpressure.’
    • ‘This occurs as the gel fibrils are compacted and water is lost through syneresis.’
    • ‘For example, are we controlling syneresis, adding body and texture, suspending, thickening, gelling or whipping the particular product?’
    • ‘Pectin and gelatin can help modify the texture of the yogurt and help prevent syneresis.’
    • ‘Hydrocolloids provide texture and body and control syneresis, he adds.’


Late 16th century via late Latin from Greek sunairesis, based on sun- ‘together’ + hairein ‘take’.



/səˈnerəsəs/ /səˈnɛrəsəs/