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synthetic

[ sin-thet-ik ]
/ sɪnˈθɛt ɪk /
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adjective
noun
something made by a synthetic, or chemical, process.
synthetics.
  1. substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
  2. the science or industry concerned with such products.
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Origin of synthetic

1690–1700; <New Latin syntheticus<Greek synthetikós, equivalent to synthet(ós) placed together, verbid of syntithénai to put together (syn-syn- + the-, stem of tithénai to put, place + -tos verbid suffix) + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for synthetic

synthetic
/ (sɪnˈθɛtɪk) /

adjective Also: synthetical
(of a substance or material) made artificially by chemical reaction
not genuine; insinceresynthetic compassion
denoting languages, such as Latin, whose morphology is characterized by synthesisCompare polysynthetic, agglutinative (def. 2), analytic (def. 3)
philosophy
  1. (of a proposition) having a truth-value that is not determined solely by virtue of the meanings of the words, as in all men are arrogant
  2. contingentCompare a posteriori, empirical
noun
a synthetic substance or material

Derived forms of synthetic

synthetically, adverb

Word Origin for synthetic

C17: from New Latin syntheticus, from Greek sunthetikos expert in putting together, from suntithenai to put together; see synthesis
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Scientific definitions for synthetic

synthetic
[ sĭn-thĕtĭk ]

Produced artificially, especially in a laboratory or other man-made environment. Nylon is a synthetic chemical compound.
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