Definition of "synthesis" [syn•the•sis]

  • The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole. (noun)
  • The complex whole so formed. (noun)
  • Chemistry Formation of a compound from simpler compounds or elements. (noun)
  • Philosophy Reasoning from the general to the particular; logical deduction. (noun)
  • Philosophy The combination of thesis and antithesis in the Hegelian dialectical process whereby a new and higher level of truth is produced. (noun)
  • The process of combining objects or ideas into a complex whole (noun)

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  • The combination or whole produced by such a process (noun)
  • The process of producing a compound by a chemical reaction or series of reactions, usually from simpler or commonly available starting materials (noun)
  • The use of inflections rather than word order and function words to express the syntactic relations in a language (noun)
  • Synthetic reasoning (noun)
  • (in the writings of Kant) the unification of one concept with another not contained in it (noun)
  • The final stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that resolves the contradiction between thesis and antithesis (noun)

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Use "synthesis" in a sentence
  • "The synthesis in such a conception cannot proceed a priori -- without the aid of experience -- to the intuition which corresponds to the conception; and, for this reason, none of these conceptions can produce a determinative synthetical proposition, they can never present more than a principle of the synthesis* of possible empirical intuitions."
  • "If this refers to the references you previously cited then kindly cite the exact data you are using to support your claim that evidence for the cause of protein synthesis is linked to "specialization of function in self-replicators.""
  • "After all, protein synthesis is essential for life, and human ribosomes are similar but not identical to microbial ribosomes, so it's possible to find drugs that inactivate only the latter."