What Does Synthesis Mean?


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Process of creating a chemical compound by the union of simpler chemical compound or elements.
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Synthesis in chemistry refers to the process of creating a chemical compound by the union of simpler chemical compounds or elements. The compounds involved in the synthesis are known as reactants and the compound produced is known as the product. The quantity of the product produced through the synthesis is known as the "yield."

Synthesis in a broader perspective is nothing short of a paramount achievement for scientist. A process for synthesis may entail a lot of hardship and dedication for the scientist, not to mention time spent in "inventing" the new product. Synthesis of difficult compounds has made many scientists win the Nobel Prize. Chemical synthesis which starts from the basic laboratory and yields something new is said to be an absolute synthetic process. If the synthesis begins from a product derived from plants or animals and is then carried on to form a new compound, it is known as semi- synthetic.

The combination of parts or elements to form a whole is also known as synthesis. The line of reasoning which develops from the general to the particular is also called as synthesis. The word is believed to have entered popular English literature for the first time in beginning of the 17th century.

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