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synthetic

syn·thet·ic

synthetic

 
pronunciation:
sihn the tihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: made with chemicals formed in a laboratory instead of something found in nature; man-made; artificial.
My pants are made of a synthetic material that looks like silk.Diet soda is made with a synthetic sweetener instead of sugar.
synonyms:
artificial
antonyms:
natural
similar words:
man-made, manufactured, processed
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a chemical substance made by a laboratory, and not of natural origin.
Plastic and nylon are synthetics.
derivations: synthetical (adj.), synthetically (adv.)
Word Parts
The word synthetic contains the following part:
syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-