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synthesis

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noun syn·the·sis \ˈsin(t)-thə-səs\

Simple Definition of synthesis

  • : something that is made by combining different things (such as ideas, styles, etc.)

  • : the production of a substance by combining simpler substances through a chemical process

  • : the production of sounds or speech by using electronic equipment

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of synthesis

plural

syntheses

play \-ˌsēz\
  1. 1a :  the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a wholeb :  the production of a substance by the union of chemical elements, groups, or simpler compounds or by the degradation of a complex compoundc :  the combining of often diverse conceptions into a coherent whole; also :  the complex so formed

  2. 2a :  deductive reasoningb :  the dialectic combination of thesis and antithesis into a higher stage of truth

  3. 3 :  the frequent and systematic use of inflected forms as a characteristic device of a language

synthesist

play \-sist\ noun

Examples of synthesis in a sentence

  1. <a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought>



Origin and Etymology of synthesis

Greek, from syntithenai to put together, from syn- + tithenai to put, place — more at do


First Known Use: 1589

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Medical Dictionary

synthesis

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noun syn·the·sis \ˈsin(t)-thə-səs\

Medical Definition of synthesis

plural

syntheses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. 1:  the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole

  2. 2:  the production of a substance by the union of chemical elements, groups, or simpler compounds or by the degradation of a complex compound <protein synthesis>





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