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What does synergic mean?

Synergic is a less common word for synergistic, which is used to describe things that produce, result from, or otherwise involve synergy. The word synergy refers to when an interaction of elements produces an effect that is greater than the effect that would have resulted from simply adding up the effects of each individual element.

In other words, synergy is what happens when a combination of things produces an effect or result that is said to be “greater than the sum of its parts.”

When you combine things—chemicals, ingredients, people—you often expect these things to interact in a certain way based on what has been included. But when something extra happens, something greater, this is synergy. Describing something as synergic implies that the magic is in the combination, as opposed to in the individual elements themselves.

Synergic can be used to describe a combination that produces such an effect or things that work together in this way. It can also be used generally to describe things that work well together. A food critic might say that a particular dish is delicious due to its synergic mixture of ingredients. A synergic approach is one that incorporates different elements or groups to work together.

Synergy is also used in a more specific way in the context of medicine to refer to the cooperation of multiple body parts, such as muscles or nerves. It can also refer to the interaction of drugs or other stimuli. The things that cooperate in this way can be called synergists and their actions or effects can be described as synergistic or synergic.

Another synonym of synergic and synergistic is synergetic.

Example: The synergic cooperation between these departments has led to great success.

Where does synergic come from?

The first records of the word synergic come from the 1800s. It ultimately comes from the Greek synerg(ós), meaning “working together,” from syn-, “together,” and érg(on), “work.” The root érg(on) is also the basis of words like energy and ergonomics. The suffix -ic is used to form adjectives.

Synergic is usually used in the context of things or people working together in a special, almost magical way. It can be used in all kinds of contexts. Describing something as synergic often means that it has an intangible quality that’s produced by a combination that is said to be “greater than the sum of its parts.”

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How is synergic used in real life?

Synergic is typically used in a positive way in the discussion of things or people coming together to produce something great. Its synonym synergistic is much more commonly used.

Try using synergic!

Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe an effect that is said to be synergic?

A. unsuccessful

B. magical

C. productive

D. effective

How to use synergic in a sentence

  • A not infrequent accompaniment is a shrug of one or both shoulders, due to synergic contraction of the trapezius.