Definition of synthesis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪnθəsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪnθəsɪs//
    (pl. syntheses
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪnθəsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪnθəsiːz//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] synthesis (of something) the act of combining separate ideas, beliefs, styles, etc.; a mixture or combination of ideas, beliefs, styles, etc. the synthesis of art with everyday life a synthesis of traditional and modern values
  2. 2 [uncountable] (specialist) the natural chemical production of a substance in animals and plants protein synthesis the synthesis of nucleic acids See related entries: Cell biology
  3. 3 [uncountable] (specialist) the artificial production of a substance that is present naturally in animals and plants the synthesis of penicillin
  4. 4[uncountable] (specialist) the production of sounds, music or speech by electronic means speech synthesis
  5. Word Originearly 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai ‘place together’.
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