An Introduction to Dialysis

Dialysis (etymologically from Greek; also spelled ‘dialisis’, and known as ‘divisio,’ ‘the dismembrer’), is a rhetorical figure known for the run of several words without the aid of a conjunction, For example:

  • “veni, vidi, vici”;
and its English translation:
  • “I came, I saw, I conquere”.

Dialysis is a synonym for Asyndeton Opens in new window. The term also features in medicine, denoting great relaxation or weakness of the limbs.

For extensive studies, see AsyndetonOpens in new window

Further Readings:
Rutil. (asyndeton [1.15]); Sherry (“dialisis,” “divisio,” “division” [1550] p 55);
Putt. (“dialisis,” “the dismembrer” [1589] p 230)