[ sin-thuh-sis ]
/ ˈsɪn θə sɪs /
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noun, plural syn·the·ses [sin-thuh-seez]. /ˈsɪn θəˌsiz/.
the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis,) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements.
a complex whole formed by combining.
Chemistry. the forming or building of a more complex substance or compound from elements or simpler compounds.
Philosophy. the third stage of argument in Hegelian dialectic, which reconciles the mutually contradictory first two propositions, thesis and antithesis.
Biology. modern synthesis, a consolidation of the results of various lines of investigation from the 1920s through the 1950s that supported and reconciled the Darwinian theory of evolution and the Mendelian laws of inheritance in terms of natural selection acting on genetic variation.
Psychology, Psychiatry. the integration of traits, attitudes, and impulses to create a total personality.
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Origin of synthesis
OTHER WORDS FROM synthesissyn·the·sist, nounnon·syn·the·sis, noun, plural non·syn·the·ses.re·syn·the·sis, noun, plural re·syn·the·ses.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH synthesisantithesis, synthesis , thesis
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How to use synthesis in a sentence
Boosting the efficiency of the synthesis step is only one part of the puzzle.Scientists Just Created a Catalyst That Turns CO2 Into Jet Fuel|Edd Gent|January 3, 2021|Singularity Hub
The strength of “The Best” is in its synthesis of hundreds of sports science journals, which Williams and Wigmore condense into clear sections amplified by original interviews with stars such as Steph Curry, Annika Sorenstam and Pete Sampras.Dissecting athletic greatness: Nature, nurture, lucky breaks and a ‘quiet eye’|Liz Robbins|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
The ATP and NADPH also will take part in the synthesis part of photosynthesis.Explainer: How photosynthesis works|Bethany Brookshire|October 28, 2020|Science News For Students
By binding to the H3 histone, serotonin and dopamine can regulate transcription of DNA into RNA and, as a consequence, the synthesis of specific proteins from them.The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression|R. Douglas Fields|October 27, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Their daughter Irène Joliot-Curie won the chemistry prize in 1935 with her husband, Frédéric Joliot, for the synthesis of new radioactive elements.A Nobel Pursuit Gone Wrong?|Tracy Moran|October 11, 2020|Ozy
British Dictionary definitions for synthesis
/ (ˈsɪnθɪsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
the process of combining objects or ideas into a complex wholeCompare analysis
the combination or whole produced by such a process
the process of producing a compound by a chemical reaction or series of reactions, usually from simpler or commonly available starting materials
linguistics the use of inflections rather than word order and function words to express the syntactic relations in a languageCompare analysis (def. 5)
philosophy archaic synthetic reasoning
- (in the writings of Kant) the unification of one concept with another not contained in itCompare analysis (def. 7)
- the final stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that resolves the contradiction between thesis and antithesis
Derived forms of synthesissynthesist, noun
Word Origin for synthesis
C17: via Latin from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai to put together, from syn- + tithenai to place
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Scientific definitions for synthesis
[ sĭn′thĭ-sĭs ]
Plural syntheses (sĭn′thĭ-sēz′)
The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.
Other words from synthesissynthesize verb
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