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# Of, or relating to [[synthesis]].
 
# Of, or relating to [[synthesis]].
 
# {{context|chemistry|lang=en}} [[produced|Produced]] by synthesis [[instead]] of being [[isolated]] from a [[natural]] [[source]] (but may be identical to a product so obtained).
 
# {{context|chemistry|lang=en}} [[produced|Produced]] by synthesis [[instead]] of being [[isolated]] from a [[natural]] [[source]] (but may be identical to a product so obtained).
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|passage=As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against '''synthetic''' drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.}}
 
# [[artificial|Artificial]], not [[genuine]].
 
# [[artificial|Artificial]], not [[genuine]].
 
# {{context|grammar|lang=en}} Pertaining to the joining of [[bound]] [[morphemes]] in a [[word]]. Compare [[analytic]].
 
# {{context|grammar|lang=en}} Pertaining to the joining of [[bound]] [[morphemes]] in a [[word]]. Compare [[analytic]].

Revision as of 21:59, 27 September 2013

English

Adjective

synthetic ‎(comparative more synthetic, superlative most synthetic)

  1. Of, or relating to synthesis.
  2. (chemistry) Produced by synthesis instead of being isolated from a natural source (but may be identical to a product so obtained).
    • 2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
  3. Artificial, not genuine.
  4. (grammar) Pertaining to the joining of bound morphemes in a word. Compare analytic.

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

synthetic ‎(plural synthetics)

  1. A synthetic compound.
    • 2007 January 14, Elsa Brenner, “Art House to Get a Campus”, New York Times:
      Only plastics and synthetics that cannot be recycled will end up in landfills, he said.