- 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
- "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)
Examples from the Web for synergy
Though King and Malcolm X met only once, Cones demonstrates how they understood and utilized their synergy.The Essential Civil-Rights Reading List
Samuel G. Freedman
August 27, 2013
By the time Cerf died, in 1971, he realized to his regret that synergy was a siren that had swallowed him whole.Why Random and Penguin Must Merge—And When They Almost Did
November 9, 2012
Vreeland was a self-admitted believer in “faction”—the synergy between fact and fantasy.The Empress of Fashion’s Legacy
September 2, 2011
They will share their insight into the synergy of culture and recovery.Reboot America!
October 6, 2010
The mutual admiration and synergy between the two partners goes even further.Partners in Excellence
Daily Beast Promotions
August 23, 2010
It is, and we must coin a word to express it, a social "synergy" that is wanted.The Cult of Incompetence
There is a synergy between their movements and their muscular contractions and the forthcoming paranormal movements.Metapsychical Phenomena
There are lots of opportunities for synergy within Kodacell: marketing, logistics, even packing materials.Makers
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.Tics and Their Treatment
- 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)
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.
- The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.