reduced by losing a letter or a syllable right from the start of a word as an aphetic word or type
- made by aphesis
- Shortened by losing a letter or a syllable through the start of a term; as, an aphetic word or form.
1880, from aphesis (1880), coined by OED editor Sir James A.H. Murray (1837-1915) for "gradual and accidental loss in a brief unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word" (as squire from esquire), from Greek aphienai "to allow go, to send forth," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + hienai "to deliver" (see jet (v.)).
(a.) reduced by dropping a letter or a syllable from the beginning of a word; because, an aphetic term or form.