Synergy: two or more things functioning together to produce a result not independently obtainable, including:
- A dynamic state in which combined action is favored over the difference of individual component actions.
- Behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately, known as emergent behavior.
- The cooperative action of two or more stimuli (or drugs), resulting in a different or greater response than that of the individual stimuli.
Drug Synergy: Drug synergy occurs when drugs can interact in ways that enhance or magnify one or more effects, or side-effects, of those drugs. Searching for awesome synergistic effects is a key goal of research into combination drugs, and makes those drugs more likely to be nonobvious & patentable.
Business Synergy: If used in a business application, synergy means that teamwork will produce an overall better result than if each person within the group were working toward the same goal individually.
Human / Computer Synergy: Synergy can also be defined as the combination of human strengths and computer strengths. The synergistic effects of a humans closely reacting with computers can range from increased efficiency and memory retention all the way to, potentially, cyborgs!