Definition of synthon in English:

synthon

noun

Chemistry
  • A constituent part of a molecule to be synthesized which is regarded as the basis of a synthetic procedure.

    • ‘Thus, sulfur compounds derived from Halothane were found to be useful new synthons for organofluorine compounds.’
    • ‘Another group discussed comprises carbanionic synthons in which the carbon atom carries a singly bonded heteratom.’
    • ‘In the processes according to this aspect of the invention, any of the monomer synthons according to the invention is used in place of the conventional beta-cyanoethyl phosphoramidite.’
    • ‘These chains interact via C-Br X synthons to form the three-dimensional structure.’

Origin

1960s: from synthesis + -on.

Pronunciation:

synthon

/ˈsɪnθɒn/