|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||Compare synthesis the division of a physical or abstract whole into its constituent parts to examine or determine their relationship or value|
|2.||a statement of the results of this|
|3.||short for psychoanalysis|
|a. the decomposition of a substance into its elements, radicals, or other constituents in order to determine the kinds of constituents present (qualitative analysis) or the amount of each constituent (quantitative analysis)|
|b. the result obtained by such a determination|
|5.||linguistics Compare synthesis the use of word order together with word function to express syntactic relations in a language, as opposed to the use of inflections|
|6.||maths the branch of mathematics principally concerned with the properties of functions, largely arising out of calculus|
|7.||philosophy Compare synthesis (in the writings of Kant) the separation of a concept from another that contains it|
|8.||in the last analysis, in the final analysis, in the ultimate analysis after everything has been given due consideration|
|[C16: from New Latin, from Greek analusis, literally: a dissolving, from analuein, from |
analysis a·nal·y·sis (ə-nāl'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. a·nal·y·ses (-sēz')
The separation of a whole into its constituent parts for individual study.
The separation of a substance into its constituent elements to determine either their nature or proportions.
The stated findings of such a separation or determination.
|analysis (ə-nāl'ĭ-sĭs) Pronunciation Key