Definition of semi-synthetic in English:

semi-synthetic

Line breaks: semi-synthet¦ic
Pronunciation: /sɛmɪsɪnˈθɛtɪk
 
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adjective

Chemistry
  • (Of a substance) made by synthesis from a naturally occurring material: a wide range of semi-synthetic penicillins
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    • This is a semi-synthetic substance used as a thickening substance and to encourage lather.
    • Pyrethroids for example may be quite soft on mammals and birds but this particular group of semi-synthetic pesticides is extremely toxic to insects, fish and amphibians.
    • The Germans have begun work on semi-synthetic analogs to certain ferulic-acid skeletal-remnant panaxosides, in a mutual agreement with an unnamed Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer.

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