synthetic etymology

English word synthetic comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) συνθετικός, and later French synthétique (Synthetic.)

Detailed word origin of synthetic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
συνθετικός Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
synthétique French (fra) Synthetic.
synthetic English (eng) (chemistry) Produced by synthesis instead of being isolated from a natural source (but may be identical to a product so obtained).. (grammar) Pertaining to the joining of bound morphemes in a word. Compare analytic.. (linguistics) Of a language, having a grammar principally dependent on the use of bound morphemes to indicate syntactic relationships. Compare analytic.. Artificial, not [...]