1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling synergy: a synergistic effect.
  2. Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology. acting as a synergist; producing synergism; interacting.
  3. Theology. of or relating to theological synergism or synergists.

Origin of synergistic

Related formssyn·er·gis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for synergistically


synergetic (ˌsɪnəˈdʒɛtɪk)

  1. acting together
  2. (of people, groups, or companies) working together in a creative, innovative, and productive manner
Derived Formssynergistically or synergetically, adverb

Word Origin for synergistic

C17: from Greek sunergētikos, from syn- + -ergētikos, from ergon work; see energy
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Word Origin and History for synergistically



1818 in theology; 1876 in medicine, from synergist + -ic. Related: Synergistically.

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synergistically in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to synergy or a synergist.
  2. Producing or capable of producing synergy.
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