synthesis

noun

syn·​the·​sis ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce synthesis (audio)
plural syntheses ˈsin(t)-thə-ˌsēz How to pronounce synthesis (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
synthesist 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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of synthesis was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Synthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthesis. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

synthesis

noun
syn·​the·​sis ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce synthesis (audio)
plural syntheses -thə-ˌsēz How to pronounce synthesis (audio)
1
: the combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole
especially : the production of a substance by union of chemically simpler substances
2
a
: the combining of often very different ideas into an ordered whole
b
: the product so formed

Medical Definition

synthesis

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