noun, plural syn·er·gies.

the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. the cooperative action of two or more muscles, nerves, or the like.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the cooperative action of two or more stimuli or drugs.

Origin of synergy

1650–60; < New Latin synergia < Greek synergía, equivalent to synerg(ós) (see synergism) + -ia -y3
Related formssyn·er·gic [si-nur-jik] /sɪˈnɜr dʒɪk/, adjective
Related Quotations
  • "Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts."
    -Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles, et al. Organizational Behaviour (2008)
  • "A designed beauty of synergy is that it serves only to add, never subtract."
    -Barb Rententbach Synergy (2009) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for synergy

Contemporary Examples of synergy

Historical Examples of synergy

  • It is, and we must coin a word to express it, a social "synergy" that is wanted.

  • There is a synergy between their movements and their muscular contractions and the forthcoming paranormal movements.

  • There are lots of opportunities for synergy within Kodacell: marketing, logistics, even packing materials.


    Cory Doctorow

  • In each moment of our life we entertain some purpose, and to this purpose the synergy of our actions is directed.

    Tragic Sense Of Life

    Miguel de Unamuno

  • On several occasions we have remarked a synergy of function, head and eyes moving upward in unison.

British Dictionary definitions for synergy


noun plural -gies

Also called: synergism the potential ability of individual organizations or groups to be more successful or productive as a result of a merger
another name for synergism (def. 1)
Derived Formssynergic (sɪˈnɜːdʒɪk), adjective

Word Origin for synergy

C19: from New Latin synergia, from Greek sunergos; see synergism
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Word Origin and History for synergy

1650s, "cooperation," from Modern Latin synergia, from Greek synergia "joint work, assistance, help," from synergos "working together," related to synergein "work together, help another in work," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Meaning "combined activities of a group" is from 1847.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

synergy in Medicine




The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
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