synthetic

1 of 2

adjective

syn·​thet·​ic sin-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce synthetic (audio)
1
: relating to or involving synthesis : not analytic
the synthetic aspects of a philosophy
2
: attributing to a subject something determined by observation rather than analysis of the nature of the subject and not resulting in self-contradiction if negated compare analytic
3
: characterized by frequent and systematic use of inflected forms to express grammatical relationships
synthetic languages
4
a(1)
: of, relating to, or produced by chemical or biochemical synthesis
especially : produced artificially
synthetic drugs
synthetic silk
(2)
: of or relating to a synfuel
b
: devised, arranged, or fabricated for special situations to imitate or replace usual realities
synthetically adverb

synthetic

2 of 2

noun

: something resulting from synthesis rather than occurring naturally
especially : a product (such as a drug or plastic) of chemical synthesis

Examples of synthetic in a Sentence

Adjective that organic farm doesn't use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers boots of waterproof synthetic leather Noun The drug is a synthetic.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Then synthetic data then can be used to deploy new designs, workflows and also retrain AI models in the real world. Brian Solis, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 These magical-appearing plants come from years of experimenting by scientists, including Karen Sarkisyan, a synthetic biologist at Imperial College London and one of the engineers behind the petunias’ development. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2024 Formula One is going to use synthetic fuel from 2026. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the synthetic opioid was identified in 84 percent of adolescent overdose deaths from 2019 to 2021 and is now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 49. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Yet much of the synthetic media likely to appear on Meta’s platforms is unlikely to be covered by the new policy, leaving many gaps through which malicious actors could slip. Vittoria Elliott, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 In the meantime, Meta is building tools to detect synthetic media even if its metadata has been altered to obfuscate AI’s role in its creation, according to Clegg. Emilia David, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 Organic and synthetic Organic fertilizers such as blood meal, bone meal, cottonseed meal and fish emulsion are derived from the remains of living organisms. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 Finally, by the mid-1980s and 1990s, unshaded monocultures emerged, which operate like many modern agricultural enterprises: intensively managed with plenty of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024
Noun
How warm synthetics are is usually based on the weight in grams. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification promises that products are free of over 100 harmful substances, synthetics, and dyes. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 19 Jan. 2024 Fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, has created a major public health crisis in the United States. Christopher Tang and Thomas Choi, Twin Cities, 13 Jan. 2024 Some tents may be a blend of synthetics, including nylon and polyester. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 27 Sep. 2023 Those fakes opened my eyes to the bona fide world of synthetics. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Again, wool or synthetics are your best bet both for comfort and for multiple wears. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 6 Dec. 2023 The material inside the compartments should be soft, plush, or padded to protect your items, with natural fabrics being preferable over synthetics. Kristen (kj) Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Or opt for moisture-wicking synthetics to keep you dry during periods of high exertion. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Greek synthetikos of composition, component, from syntithenai to put together

First Known Use

Adjective

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synthetic was in 1697

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Cite this Entry

“Synthetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthetic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

synthetic

1 of 2 adjective
syn·​thet·​ic sin-ˈthet-ik How to pronounce synthetic (audio)
1
: relating to or involving synthesis
2
: of, relating to, or produced by chemical synthesis
especially : produced artificially
synthetic drugs
synthetic fibers
synthetically adverb

synthetic

2 of 2 noun
: a product of chemical synthesis

Medical Definition

synthetic

1 of 2 adjective
syn·​thet·​ic sin-ˈthet-ik How to pronounce synthetic (audio)
: of, relating to, or produced by chemical or biochemical synthesis
especially : produced artificially
synthetic drugs
synthetic dyes
synthetically adverb

synthetic

2 of 2 noun
: a product (as a drug) of chemical synthesis

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