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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
Origin: L, fr. Gr. A leaving, defect, fr. To leave in fall short; in _ to leave. See in, and Loan, and cf. Ellipse.
1. Omission; a figure of syntax, by which one or more words, which are obviously understood, are omitted; as, the virtues i admire, for, the virtues which i admire.
2. (Science: geometry) An ellipse.