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synergism

[sin-er-jiz-uh m, si-nur-jiz-]
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noun
  1. synergy(def 1).
  2. Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the joint action of agents, as drugs, that when taken together increase each other's effectiveness (contrasted with antagonism).
  3. Theology. the doctrine that the human will cooperates with the Holy Ghost in the work of regeneration.Compare monergism.
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Origin of synergism

1755–65; < New Latin synergismus < Greek synerg(ós) ‘working together’ (syn- syn- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix) + New Latin -ismus -ism
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Examples from the Web for synergism

Historical Examples

  • But always—always the synergism, syndrome, or whatever you want to call it, is the same.

    Jack of No Trades

    Charles Cottrell

  • So, the old Buddhism prior to Shinran taught a phase of synergism, or the union of faith and works.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

  • In fact, dissimilarity of action is a cause of combination, an essential of synergism.


British Dictionary definitions for synergism

synergism

noun
  1. Also called: synergy the working together of two or more drugs, muscles, etc, to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects
  2. another name for synergy (def. 1)
  3. Christian theol the doctrine or belief that the human will cooperates with the Holy Spirit and with divine grace, esp in the act of conversion or regeneration
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin synergismus, from Greek sunergos, from syn- + ergon work
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Word Origin and History for synergism

n.

1650s, "theological doctrine that human will cooperates with divine grace in regeneration," from Modern Latin synergismus, from Greek synergos "working together" (see synergy). Used in a broader (non-theological) sense by 1925.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

synergism in Medicine

synergism

(sĭnər-jĭz′əm)
n.
  1. Synergy.
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