synthesis

Synthesis is the act of combining elements to form something new. If you describe your bedroom decor as a synthesis of vintage and punk, we'll know you mean a mixture of these two styles.

Synthesis can be either concrete or abstract. Scientists use the word to talk about what happens when chemicals combine — think of photosynthesis: the process by which plants synthesize light, carbon dioxide, and water to produce food. If you call a movie "Batman meets Titanic," then that's synthesis as well. Synthesis can also refer to the act of combining ideas.

Definitions of synthesis
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n the combination of ideas into a complex whole

Synonyms:
synthetic thinking
Antonyms:
analysis, analytic thinking
the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
Type of:
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical

n the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)

Types:
biogenesis, biosynthesis
production of a chemical compound by a living organism
chemosynthesis
synthesis of carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water; limited to certain bacteria and fungi
nucleosynthesis
(astronomy) the cosmic synthesis of atoms more complex than the hydrogen atom
Type of:
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process
(chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved

n reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)

Synonyms:
deduction, deductive reasoning
Types:
syllogism
deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
Type of:
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical

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