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synergy

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Etymology

< Greek συνεργία (joint work, assistance, help) < συνεργείν (to work together) < συνεργός (working together) < σύν (together) + *ἔρλειν (work)

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Noun

Singular
synergy

Plural
synergies

synergy (synergies)
  1. Behavior of a system that cannot be predicted by the behavior of its parts.
  2. (medicine) Combined action; the combined healthy action of every organ of a particular system; as, the digestive synergy.
  3. (pharmacology) An interaction between drugs where the effects are stronger than their mere sum.
  4. Benefits resulting from combining two different groups, people, objects or processes.

Usage notes

  • Synergy is frequently dismissed as business jargon.

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