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synthesis

[sin-thuh-sis]
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noun, plural syn·the·ses [sin-thuh-seez] /ˈsɪn θəˌsiz/.
  1. the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis,) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements.
  2. a complex whole formed by combining.
  3. Chemistry. the forming or building of a more complex substance or compound from elements or simpler compounds.
  4. Philosophy. the third stage of argument in Hegelian dialectic, which reconciles the mutually contradictory first two propositions, thesis and antithesis.
  5. Biology. modern synthesis,
  6. Psychology, Psychiatry. the integration of traits, attitudes, and impulses to create a total personality.
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Origin of synthesis

1580–90; < Latin < Greek sýnthesis, equivalent to syn- syn- + the- (stem of tithénai to put, place) + -sis -sis
Related formssyn·the·sist, nounnon·syn·the·sis, noun, plural non·syn·the·ses.re·syn·the·sis, noun, plural re·syn·the·ses.
Can be confusedantithesis synthesis thesis

Hegelian dialectic

noun
  1. an interpretive method, originally used to relate specific entities or events to the absolute idea, in which some assertible proposition (thesis) is necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory proposition (antithesis), the mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition (synthesis).
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Examples from the Web for synthesis

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  • Master of a complex art, his nature complex, the synthesis was irresistible.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • It would kill those Synthesis girls if they knew how he had been talking to you.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells

  • She came to say she could not take the time from the Synthesis to pay me that little visit.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells

  • That's why the Synthesis is so good for me; it concentrates me, if it is on a block hand.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells

  • These are just some pipes that I got the men at the Synthesis to give me; pipes are so full of character.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells


British Dictionary definitions for synthesis

synthesis

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. the process of combining objects or ideas into a complex wholeCompare analysis
  2. the combination or whole produced by such a process
  3. the process of producing a compound by a chemical reaction or series of reactions, usually from simpler or commonly available starting materials
  4. linguistics the use of inflections rather than word order and function words to express the syntactic relations in a languageCompare analysis (def. 5)
  5. philosophy archaic synthetic reasoning
  6. philosophy
    1. (in the writings of Kant) the unification of one concept with another not contained in itCompare analysis (def. 7)
    2. the final stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that resolves the contradiction between thesis and antithesis
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Derived Formssynthesist, noun

Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai to put together, from syn- + tithenai to place

Hegelian dialectic

noun
  1. philosophy an interpretive method in which the contradiction between a proposition (thesis) and its antithesis is resolved at a higher level of truth (synthesis)
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Word Origin and History for synthesis

n.

1610s, from Latin synthesis "collection, set, composition (of a medication)," from Greek synthesis "composition," from syntithenai "put together, combine," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + tithenai "put, place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious).

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synthesis in Medicine

synthesis

(sĭnthĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. syn•the•ses (-sēz′)
  1. The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole.
  2. Formation of a chemical compound from simpler compounds or elements.
  3. A period in the cell cycle.
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synthesis in Science

synthesis

[sĭnthĭ-sĭs]
Plural syntheses (sĭnthĭ-sēz′)
  1. The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.
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Related formssynthesize verb
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