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SYNTHESIS (syntheses)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does synthesis mean? 

SYNTHESIS (noun)
  The noun SYNTHESIS has 3 senses:

1. the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
2. the combination of ideas into a complex whole
3. reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)

  Familiarity information: SYNTHESIS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SYNTHESIS (noun)


Sense 1synthesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("synthesis" is a kind of...):

chemical action; chemical change; chemical process ((chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "synthesis"):

biogenesis; biosynthesis (production of a chemical compound by a living organism)

chemosynthesis (synthesis of carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water; limited to certain bacteria and fungi)

nucleosynthesis ((astronomy) the cosmic synthesis of atoms more complex than the hydrogen atom)


Sense 2synthesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The combination of ideas into a complex whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

synthetic thinking; synthesis

Hypernyms ("synthesis" is a kind of...):

abstract thought; logical thinking; reasoning (thinking that is coherent and logical)

Antonym:

analysis (the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations)


Sense 3synthesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

deductive reasoning; synthesis; deduction

Hypernyms ("synthesis" is a kind of...):

abstract thought; logical thinking; reasoning (thinking that is coherent and logical)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "synthesis"):

syllogism (deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises)


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