[sin-er-jiz-uhm, si-nur-jiz-]
synergy ( def 1 ).
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the joint action of agents, as drugs, that when taken together increase each other's effectiveness (contrasted with antagonism ).
Theology. the doctrine that the human will cooperates with the Holy Ghost in the work of regeneration. Compare monergism.

1755–65; < Neo-Latin synergismus < Greek synerg(ós) ‘working together’ (syn- syn- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix) + Neo-Latin -ismus -ism Unabridged
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synergism (ˈsɪnəˌdʒɪzəm, sɪˈnɜː-)
1.  Also called: synergy the working together of two or more drugs, muscles, etc, to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects
2.  another name for synergy
3.  Christian theol the doctrine or belief that the human will cooperates with the Holy Spirit and with divine grace, esp in the act of conversion or regeneration
[C18: from New Latin synergismus, from Greek sunergos, from syn- + ergon work]

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1657 (implied in synergist), "theological doctrine that human will cooperates with divine grace in regeneration," from Mod.L. synergismus, from Gk. synergos "working together" (see synergy). Used in a broader (non-theological) sense by 1925.
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synergism syn·er·gism (sĭn'ər-jĭz'əm)

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