[ sin-er-jist, si-nur- ]
/ ˈsɪn ər dʒɪst, sɪˈnɜr- /


Physiology, Medicine/Medical. a body organ, medicine, etc., that cooperates with another or others to produce or enhance an effect.
Chemistry, Pharmacology. any admixture to a substance for increasing the effectiveness of one or more of its properties.
Theology. a person who holds the doctrine of synergism.

Nearby words

  1. syneresis,
  2. synergetic,
  3. synergic,
  4. synergid,
  5. synergism,
  6. synergistic,
  7. synergistic muscles,
  8. synergize,
  9. synergy,
  10. synesis

Origin of synergist

1650–60; < New Latin synergista < Greek synerg(ós) (see synergism) + New Latin -ista -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for synergist


/ (ˈsɪnədʒɪst, sɪˈnɜː-) /


a drug, muscle, etc, that increases the action of another
Christian theol an upholder of synergism


of or relating to synergism
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Word Origin and History for synergist



1650s in theology (see synergism); 1867 in medicine, from Greek synergos "working together" (see synergy) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for synergist


[ sĭnər-jĭst ]


A synergistic organ, drug, or agent.

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