Definition of synthesis in English:

synthesis

Line breaks: syn|the¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnθɪsɪs
 
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noun (plural syntheses /-siːz/)

[mass noun]
  • 2The production of chemical compounds by reaction from simpler materials: the synthesis of methanol from carbon monoxide and hydrogen
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    • Polymerization is another type of chemical reaction employed in organic synthesis to couple small monomeric units into a much larger chain.
    • Other compounds function in chemical analysis and in synthesis in a chemistry laboratory of organic compounds.
    • The advent of chemistry and chemical synthesis, however, saw their steady decline.
  • 3(In Hegelian philosophy) the final stage in the process of dialectical reasoning, in which a new idea resolves the conflict between thesis and antithesis.
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    • It is also to be noted that the dialectical process is not simply from thesis and antithesis to final synthesis; it is an eternal, open-ended spiral of development.
    • This antithesis found its synthesis in Stoicism, the philosophy of both master and slave… and so on.
    • Every synthesis becomes a new thesis, which becomes the target of a new antithesis.

Derivatives

synthesist

noun
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  • The decision to test empirically the impact of methodology on research results does not relieve the synthesist of all evaluation responsibilities.
  • The synthesist of economic theory of the middle of the century, John Stuart Mill, had only the most marginal academic connections.

Origin

early 17th century: via Latin from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai 'place together'.

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