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syllepsis

In medicine, an antiquated term of historic interest for pregnancy.
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The terms "sylleptic buds" and "proleptic buds" were given special definition in Grimes (1992) and are used in that sense here.
Again, these types may develop in either sylleptic or proleptic systems; these are the rows in the diagram.
The condition in which vegetative branching is sylleptic is not common in either tribe.
Some plants have strictly reproductive sylleptic branches, referred to as annual, axillary, strictly reproductive branch systems in my 1995 analysis (Grimes, 1995).
These branches are ephemeral, but, as in the sylleptic systems, other branches that develop proleptically may be persistent.
will be a tottered weed of small worth held" (2.1-4) "Tottered weed" means "tattered garment" in the immediate context of the livery metaphor; but against the background of sonnet 1, where the young man's beauty and its fragility are metaphorically associated with the flowers of springtime, it acquires a second meaning: "withered plant." In sonnets 1-17 this kind of sylleptic linkage often obtains between neighboring sonnets, helping to synchronize many different metaphoric codes into a richly interactive network.
As we have seen, however, as soon as the Sonnets begin to address themselves to the vicissitudes of an ongoing relationship, the poet's propensity for "dressin old words new" begins to interfere with the intelligibility of consecutive sonnets' arguments: a word or phrase is "doubly supplied" to consecutive arguments or situations that take hold of it differently, and the sylleptic overlap renders each of these contexts semantically unstable and/or incomplete.
Shakespeare's sylleptic wordplay is itself the work of desire:(35) by continually folding the language of the sonnets over on itself, it traduces the linear, diachronic processes of exposition, argumentation, and story telling on behalf of the narcissistic stasis of the mirror relation.