- noting a gem mineral manufactured so as to be physically, chemically, and optically identical with the mineral as found in nature.
- (not in technical use) noting a gem mineral manufactured and pigmented in imitation of a natural gemstone of that name.
- substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
- the science or industry concerned with such products.
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Another client is an Ohio-based manufacturer of cotton swabs that is replacing the cotton with a synthetic equivalent in order to make nasal testing swabs uncontaminated by the plant fiber’s DNA.
The team hopes their new cotton plants might eventually be grown widely and made into clothes, helping to displace the toxic dyes and synthetic materials used by the fashion industry.Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow|Jason Dorrier|August 11, 2020|Singularity Hub
All he needed was a long, two-dimensional chain—natural or synthetic—and the chain should fold itself automatically, similar to how it folds into the double helix inside our bodies.How Fake Viruses Can Help Us Make the Best Possible Vaccines|Shelly Fan|July 7, 2020|Singularity Hub
Because the smell was completely synthetic, though, researchers could mess with it.How to make a mouse smell a smell that doesn’t actually exist|Laura Sanders|June 18, 2020|Science News
The fully synthetic nature of the Arkansas team’s technology could thus have a leg up on biologically-based approaches.Artificial Kidneys Are a Step Closer With This New Tech|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|June 3, 2020|Singularity Hub
One key ingredient of the stuff: Propylene glycol, a synthetic liquid that absorbs water.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze|Tim Mak|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Illinois legislation does not include bioplastics like PHA, defining the banned microplastics to be of the synthetic type.
But the arguments over drug testing may cease to matter if the synthetic drug epidemic continues.
With more than 300 synthetic cannabinoids in use today, drug-testing companies are struggling to keep up with the new varieties.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute produced the first living organism with synthetic bacteria this May.
It was made of synthetic fabrics like silks, loose and comfortable trousers of knee length, and sleeveless shirts.Armageddon--2419 A.D.|Philip Francis Nowlan
The vegetation is inedible, all of our food is synthetic and highly concentrated.The Copper-Clad World|Harl Vincent
The way you tell a synthetic ruby from a natural ruby is to look for flaws.A World by the Tale|Gordon Randall Garrett
What synthetic formula will be best able to tell us the essential direction of its movement?A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson|Edouard le Roy
Synthetic combination, Kant points out, is formally expressed in a judgment, which is the act of uniting representations.