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Pronunciation: sin'the-sis, -sez


  1. A building up, putting together, composition.
  2. In chemistry, the formation of compounds by the union of simpler compounds or elements.
  3. Stage in the cell cycle in which DNA is synthesized as a preliminary to cell division.

[G. fr. syn, together, + thesis, a placing, arranging]

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