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

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If fine lines and wrinkles are your focus, ginseng can help boost the circulation of your skin's smallest blood vessels, in turn ramping up the synthesis of collagen. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 The composer-conductor and the orchestra projected this fine synthesis of textures with a gratifying elegance. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: The New York Philharmonic Gets Audacious, With Ease," 10 June 2018 While the most optimistic see the advent of lithium-air batteries and engine efficiency improvement as a path to commercial electric flight, others have focused on decarbonizing jet-fuel synthesis. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights," 18 Oct. 2018 The human-derived growth factors used by cosmetic companies like SkinMedica and Regenica have been shown to help rejuvenate skin by stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis while improving radiance, moisturization, and pigmentation. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Shortly after these stories went live, Forbes reporter Joe Parlock offered his own synthesis of today's Telltale news as follows. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game [Updated]," 21 Sep. 2018 Think of a room with Chinese wallpaper, or Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, which is the perfect synthesis of indoors and outdoors. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "David Easton on Evolving Taste," 1 June 2012 Successful repair of damaged skin, and collagen synthesis, have been shown to require the involvement of growth factors and cytokines. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 The last pathway is glycan synthesis, in which sugars are modified so that they can be attached to proteins. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sugar cures cancer! (Not really, but one sugar may help chemo)," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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synthesis

noun

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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