syn·​chro·​ny | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce synchrony (audio) , ˈsin- \
plural synchronies

Definition of synchrony

: synchronistic occurrence, arrangement, or treatment

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Recent Examples on the Web That doesn’t make the synchrony between rounding and prescribing medically sound, however. Emily Anthes, The Atlantic, "Hospitals Are Out of Sync With the Human Body," 18 Aug. 2020 This rare experience of perfect synchrony is closely tied to our own (usually unemotional) faces. Sarah Dunphy-lelii, Scientific American, "The Weirdness of Watching Yourself on Zoom," 1 Aug. 2020 Every turn took five or six health workers, in full safety garb, working in slow synchrony to avoid dislodging his breathing tube. Lauran Neergaard And Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans," 1 Aug. 2020 And the greater the degree of synchrony, the study found, the more the audience enjoys the performance. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience," 2 June 2020 Since mid-March, many people across the U.S. have been working from home—and yearning for the synchrony found in face-to-face communication. Brandon Sanchez, WSJ, "‘Zoom Fatigue’: Readers Weigh In on the Rise of Remote Meetings," 16 June 2020 Exactly how the fireflies coordinate their signalling and achieve synchrony remains a mystery. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "A rare look at fireflies that blink in unison, in a forest without tourists," 11 June 2020 NeuroImage has shown that this synchrony can be seen in the brain activities of the audience and performer. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience," 2 June 2020 To find this precious synchrony, though, autistic people must first find one another. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "How People with Autism Forge Friendships," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of synchrony

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for synchrony

synchron(ous) + -y entry 2

Note: As a linguistic term borrowed from French synchronie, it was introduced along with synchronique synchronic by Ferdinand de saussure; see note at diachrony.

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“Synchrony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of synchrony

formal + technical : a state in which things happen, move, or exist at the same time


syn·​chro·​ny | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-nē, ˈsin- How to pronounce synchrony (audio) \
plural synchronies

Medical Definition of synchrony

: synchronous occurrence, arrangement, or treatment cells dividing in synchrony

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