synthesis

noun syn·the·sis \ ˈsin(t)-thə-səs \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of synthesis

plural syntheses play \-ˌsēz\
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

play \-sist\ noun

Examples of synthesis in a Sentence

  1. a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought

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Origin and Etymology of synthesis

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

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SYNTHESIS Defined for English Language Learners

synthesis

noun

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 Dictionary

synthesis

noun syn·the·sis \ ˈsin(t)-thə-səs \

medical Definition of synthesis

plural syntheses play \-ˌsēz\
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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