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[sin-er-jee] /ˈsɪn ər dʒi/
noun, plural synergies.
the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. the cooperative action of two or more muscles, nerves, or the like.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the cooperative action of two or more stimuli or drugs.
1650-60; < New Latin synergia < Greek synergía, equivalent to synerg(ós) (see synergism) + -ia -y3
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[si-nur-jik] /sɪˈnɜr dʒɪk/ (Show IPA),
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“Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.“
—Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles, et al., Organizational Behaviour (2008)
“A designed beauty of synergy is that it serves only to add, never subtract.“
—Barb Rententbach, Synergy (2009) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for synergies
  • Possibly synergies between say rooftop insulation sheets and solar panels will be found.
  • These misunderstandings can make for fascinating conversations, but they can also prevent mutually beneficial synergies.
  • Too few people live, and businesses operate, at the core to maintain the synergies necessary for civic life.
  • The designers are finding synergies with pumping both fluids and air further improving efficiency.
  • Studios have become more savvy about creating and exploiting synergies between home video and first-run programming.
  • But even with two strong partners and a respectful courtship, the expected synergies often fail to materialise.
  • In theory, the cross-selling of banking and insurance products ought to bring economies of scale, synergies and higher revenues.
  • The revenue synergies of cross-border deals are much smaller than the cost synergies of home-market deals.
  • Another is to purchase developed world rivals and cut costs through synergies.
  • And it appears to offer few obvious synergies or opportunities to cut costs or increase revenues.
British Dictionary definitions for synergies


noun (pl) -gies
Also called synergism. the potential ability of individual organizations or groups to be more successful or productive as a result of a merger
another name for synergism (sense 1)
Derived Forms
synergic (sɪˈnɜːdʒɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin synergia, from Greek sunergos; see synergism
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Word Origin and History for synergies



1650s, "cooperation," from Modern Latin synergia, from Greek synergia "joint work, assistance, help," from synergos "working together," related to synergein "work together, help another in work," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Meaning "combined activities of a group" is from 1847.

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synergies in Medicine

synergy syn·er·gy (sĭn'ər-jē)
The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

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