Definition of synthesis
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
2a : deductive reasoningb : 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
synthesistplay \-sist\ 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 of synthesis from the Web
This new novel therefore represents a kind of synthesis of Kadish’s favorite themes.
For du Pont, who was head of the chemical company in his day, the garden was the synthesis of years of study of water gardens in Europe, and especially at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy.
Two scientists praised the study as chemical synthesis of the highest order.
Nitrogen fixing microbes (found prominently in association with plant roots in soils) are able to perform the task, mobilizing the critical element that is required for protein synthesis by all forms of life.
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SYNTHESIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of synthesis for English Language Learners
: 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
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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