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[sin-er-jist, si-nur-]
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  1. Physiology, Medicine/Medical. a body organ, medicine, etc., that cooperates with another or others to produce or enhance an effect.
  2. Chemistry, Pharmacology. any admixture to a substance for increasing the effectiveness of one or more of its properties.
  3. Theology. a person who holds the doctrine of synergism.
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Origin of synergist

1650–60; < New Latin synergista < Greek synerg(ós) (see synergism) + New Latin -ista -ist
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  • The same problem took a new form in the Synergist controversy, which discussed the first impulse in conversion.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for synergist


  1. a drug, muscle, etc, that increases the action of another
  2. Christian theol an upholder of synergism
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  1. 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.

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synergist in Medicine


  1. A synergistic organ, drug, or agent.
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