syncope syncope
 sin'-ko-pee from Gk. syn and koptein, "to strike off"
cutting from the midst

Cutting letters or syllables from the middle of a word. A kind of metaplasm.
  Omission of a medial letter:
When "library" is pronounced "libary"

Omission of an medial syllable:
You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies,
Will never do him good, not one of you.
—Shakespeare The Winter's Tale 2.3.128-129

O'ermaster't as you may. —Shakespeare Hamlet 1.5.140

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  Sources: Isidore 1.35.3; Mosellanus ("syncope" "concisio") a3v; Susenbrotus (1540) 20; Sherry (1550) 27 ("syncope," "consicio"); Wilson (1560) 202 ("cutting from the midst"); Peacham (1577) E2v

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