|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||Compare analysis the process of combining objects or ideas into a complex whole|
|2.||the combination or whole produced by such a process|
|3.||the process of producing a compound by a chemical reaction or series of reactions, usually from simpler or commonly available starting materials|
|4.||linguistics Compare analysis the use of inflections rather than word order and function words to express the syntactic relations in a language|
|5.||archaic philosophy synthetic reasoning|
|a. Compare analysis (in the writings of Kant) the unification of one concept with another not contained in it|
|b. the final stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that resolves the contradiction between thesis and antithesis|
|[C17: via Latin from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai to put together, from |
synthesis syn·the·sis (sĭn'thĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. syn·the·ses (-sēz')
The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole.
Formation of a chemical compound from simpler compounds or elements.
A period in the cell cycle.
|synthesis (sĭn'thĭ-sĭs) Pronunciation Key
Plural syntheses (sĭn'thĭ-sēz')
The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.
in philosophy, the combination of parts, or elements, in order to form a more complete view or system. The coherent whole that results is considered to show the truth more completely than would a mere collection of parts. The term synthesis also refers, in the dialectical philosophy of the 19th-century German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, to the higher stage of truth that combines the truth of a thesis and an antithesis. Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy underscores an existential type of synthesis. In Being and Nothingness, consciousness (pour-soi) is always trying to become being (en-soi), to achieve a synthesis, as it were, between no-thing and some-thing.
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