synthesis

noun
syn·​the·​sis | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \
plural syntheses\ ˈsin(t)-​thə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce syntheses (audio) \

Definition of synthesis

1a : the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole
b : the production of a substance by the union of chemical elements, groups, or simpler compounds or by the degradation of a complex compound
c : the combining of often diverse conceptions into a coherent whole also : the complex so formed
2a : deductive reasoning
b : the dialectic combination of thesis and antithesis into a higher stage of truth
3 : the frequent and systematic use of inflected forms as a characteristic device of a language

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Other Words from synthesis

synthesist \ ˈsin(t)-​thə-​sist How to pronounce synthesist (audio) \ noun

Examples of synthesis in a Sentence

a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
Recent Examples on the Web The coming years promise many new revelations, and perhaps an ultimate synthesis that answers the question of why the West stood out from the rest. Razib Khan, National Review, "The WEIRDest People in the World," 16 Sep. 2020 It’s produced in your body when UV rays from the sun hit your skin and trigger what’s known as vitamin D synthesis. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Dr. Fauci Says It's Fine to Take Vitamins C and D to Help Boost Your Immune System—Here's What to Know," 14 Sep. 2020 According to a 2017 paper on BCAAs and muscle protein synthesis, leucine triggers the necessary chemical reactions needed to fuse together muscle fibers, perhaps making this process more efficient. Amy Schellenbaum, Popular Science, "BCAA supplements can enhance your workout, but should you take them?," 8 Sep. 2020 In particular, none of the genes involved in the synthesis, modification or degradation of retinoic acid were present. Quanta Magazine, "By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity," 1 Sep. 2020 Certain varieties of coconut water are fortified with vitamin C which has a slew of antioxidant properties and naturally stimulates collagen synthesis, which can help keep your skin firm and youthful-looking. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "9 Health Benefits of Coconut Water, According to Registered Dietitians," 20 Aug. 2020 About 20 pages of the patent describe the process of isolating the genome, including the synthesis of cDNA. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 'Plandemic II' alleges false conspiracy theory involving CDC, NIH; pandemic not planned," 23 Aug. 2020 But more than 40 years later, despite increasingly powerful computers, speech synthesis was still relatively primitive. Cade Metz, New York Times, "Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74," 20 Aug. 2020 Kiwi Health Benefits May promote healthy skin and hair: Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that can naturally stimulate collagen synthesis. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Powerful Health Benefits of Kiwi You Should Know," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of synthesis

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for synthesis

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

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The first known use of synthesis was in 1589

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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Synthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthesis. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for synthesis

synthesis

noun
How to pronounce synthesis (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of synthesis

formal : something that is made by combining different things (such as ideas, styles, etc.)
technical : the production of a substance by combining simpler substances through a chemical process
: the production of sounds or speech by using electronic equipment

synthesis

noun
syn·​the·​sis | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \
plural syntheses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce syntheses (audio) \

Medical Definition of synthesis

1 : the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole
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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