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 essay is an elegant synthesis of entomology, economics, and colonial history that places indigenous knowledge at the foundation of the climate conversation — not as ornament, but as central anti-capitalist critique, as timeless technology. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Science and Nature," 13 Dec. 2019 Animal proteins are also higher than plant proteins in one particular amino acid, leucine, which is thought to be key to muscle protein synthesis. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Does It Make a Difference if You Get Your Protein from Plants or Animals?," 28 Aug. 2019 Still, his work can start to guide chemists’ further synthesis efforts. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Learn the Ropes on Tying Molecular Knots," 29 Oct. 2018 Dance pop is not a new phenomenon, but Gryffin's Gravity debut is a beautiful, easy synthesis of the scene's juciest bites. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Gryffin's Debut LP 'Gravity' Is Heavy With Star Cameos," 25 Oct. 2019 The majors’ shifting payout priorities appear to be a perfect synthesis of the two. Washington Post, "Conoco and Saudi Aramco Know What You Want," 8 Oct. 2019 At 10-minute intervals Jessie moves the meeting to a new stage: proposal-forming round, synthesis round, clarifying round, feedback round, consent round, and closing round. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Meet the Rich Kids Who Want to Give Away All Their Money," 27 Sep. 2019 Several human milk oligosaccharides are now commercially available, their synthesis in bulk made possible by genetic engineering of yeast and bacteria. Alice Callahan, Smithsonian, "In Pursuit of a Better Baby Formula," 25 Oct. 2019 Community and individual achievement are to coexist in a dialectical tension that creates a richer synthesis. Allison Wood, cleveland, "Three candidates running for two seats on Medina School Board," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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27 Dec 2019

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“Synthesis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthesis. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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