One key ingredient of the stuff: Propylene glycol, a synthetic liquid that absorbs water.
But the arguments over drug testing may cease to matter if the synthetic drug epidemic continues.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute produced the first living organism with synthetic bacteria this May.
1690s, as a term in logic, from French synthétique (17c.), from Modern Latin syntheticus, from Greek synthetikos, from synthetos, past participle of syntithenai (see synthesis). From 1874 in reference to products or materials made artificially by chemical synthesis; hence "artificial" (1930).
synthetic syn·thet·ic (sĭn-thět'ĭk)
Relating to or involving synthesis.
Produced by chemical synthesis, especially not of natural origin.