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[sin-er-jis-tik] /ˌsɪn ərˈdʒɪs tɪk/
pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling synergy:
a synergistic effect.
Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology. acting as a synergist; producing synergism; interacting.
Theology. of or relating to theological synergism or synergists.
Origin of synergistic
1810-20; synerg(ism) or synerg(ist) + -istic
Related forms
synergistically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for synergistically
  • If two people feel vulnerable simultaneously, these two tendencies can interlock and increase synergistically.
  • Which synergistically allow the freed up generators to run in a more efficient mode.
  • When in sync, the genetic feedback loops and cytoplasmic clocks work synergistically.
  • Each of these phenomena would be bad enough on its own, but all appear to be linked, usually synergistically.
  • Which works synergistically with the tendency of processed food to evoke less of of a hunger satiation response.
  • But their best guess is that stress causes a variety of negative responses that can combine synergistically.
British Dictionary definitions for synergistically


acting together
(of people, groups, or companies) working together in a creative, innovative, and productive manner
Derived Forms
synergistically, synergetically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek sunergētikos, from syn- + -ergētikos, from ergon work; see energy
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Word Origin and History for synergistically



1818 in theology; 1876 in medicine, from synergist + -ic. Related: Synergistically.

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synergistically in Medicine

synergistic syn·er·gis·tic (sĭn'ər-jĭs'tĭk)

  1. Of or relating to synergy or a synergist.

  2. Producing or capable of producing synergy.

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