semisynthetic
adjective Date: 1937 1. produced by chemical alteration of a natural starting material <
semisynthetic penicillins
>
2. containing both chemically identified and complex natural ingredients <
a semisynthetic diet
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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