Dialysis: Definition and Examples

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:

  1. “veni, vidi, vici”;
  2. and its English translation:
  3. “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
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    • Rutil. (asyndeton [1.15]); Sherry (“dialisis,” “divisio,” “division” [1550] p 55);
    • Putt. (“dialisis,” “the dismembrer” [1589] p 230)

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