phant-, phanta-, phas-; -phasic, -phant

(Greek: manifest; show, appear, make appear, make visible, display; visible; to show through, to shine through; illustrious)

1. A stage of mitosis or meiosis in which the corresponding parts of the divided chromosomes move to opposite poles of the spindle.
2. A late stage of cell division during which chromosomes move to the poles of the spindle (a structure consisting of a network of microtubule fibers along which chromosomes are distributed and drawn apart during meiosis [process of cell division during which the nucleus divides into four nuclei] and mitosis [process by which a cell divides into two daughter cells, each of which has the same number of chromosomes as the original cell]).
1. An igneous rock with mineral components that are too fine to be seen with the naked eye.
2. A very compact, dense, homogeneous dark-colored rock, consisting of grains which are too fine to be seen without some form of magnification.
A reference to rocks containing compact crystalline too fine-grained for its particles to be identifiable with normal vision.
An ultramicroscopic organism, a virus.
Having two distinct phases.
biphasic sleep
1. A long sleep period at night and a "nap" in the afternoon.
2. Having two distinct phases of sleep.
1. A reduction in emphasis.
2. The act or process of de-emphasizing.
3. In electronics: a process of reducing the relative amplitude of certain frequencies in a signal that have been exaggerated by preemphasis, restoring the signal to its original form.
de-emphasize (verb), de-emphasizes; de-emphasized; de-emphasizing
1. To make something seem or to appear to be less important or central.
2. To reduce in importance, size, scope, etc.
Occurring in two phases or stages.
emphasis (s) (noun), emphases (pl)
1. Special stress laid upon, or importance attached to, anything.
2. Anything that is given great stress or importance.
3. Special and significant stress of voice placed on particular words or syllables as indicated by position, repetition, or some other indication.
4. Intensity or force of expression, action, etc.
5. Prominence, as in form or outline.
6. Etymology: from Latin emphasis, which came from Greek emphasis "significance, indirect meaning", from empha-, root of emphainein, "to present, to show, to indicate"; from en-, "in" plus phainein, "to show".

In Greek and Latin, it developed a sense of "extra stress" given to a word or phrase in speech as a clue that it implies something more than a literal meaning.

emphasize, emphasise (usually UK)
1. To show or to state that something is particularly important or worth giving attention to; to give extra weight to (a communication): "People use italics or capitals to emphasize a word in a piece of writing."
2. To make something more obvious.
3. To stress or to single out as important.
Something which was spoken or written with emphasis.
The act of giving special importance to or significance to something.
1. Forceful and definite in expression or action.
2. Strong and determined in speech or action, so that what is said or done gets attention.
1. Without question and beyond doubt.
2. With great force or definiteness.
3. Used to reinforce the accuracy or appropriateness of a description.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "appear, visible, visual, manifest, show, see, reveal, look": blep-; delo-; demonstra-; opt-; -orama; pare-; phanero-; pheno-; scopo-; spec-; vela-, veal-; video-, visuo-.