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Pronunciation: sin'tro-pe


  1. The tendency sometimes seen in two diseases to coalesce into one.
  2. The state of harmonious association with others.
  3. In anatomy, a number of similar structures inclined in one general direction; the spinous processes of a series of vertebrae, the ribs.

[syn- + G. trope, a turning]

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