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ser·en·dip·i·ty

(ser'en-dip'i-tē),
A knack for discovery involving a combination of accident and wisdom while pursuing something else; in science, finding one thing while looking for something else, as in Fleming's discovery of penicillin.
[coined by Horace Walpole and relates to The Three Princes of Serendip, fr. alternate spelling of Serendib, ancient name for Sri Lanka]

serendipity

[ser′əndip′itē]
Etymology: Serendip, author Horace Walpole's mythic land of pleasant surprises
the act of accidental discovery. A number of important medications have been created through serendipity, such as the discovery of antidepressant activity in iproniazid, which was originally developed to treat tuberculosis.

ser·en·dip·i·ty

(ser'en-dip'i-tē)
A knack for discovery involving a combination of accident and wisdom while pursuing something else; in science, finding one thing while looking for something else.

ser·en·dip·i·ty

(ser'en-dip'i-tē)
A knack for discovery involving combined accident and wisdom while pursuing something else.

serendipity

happy finding of an unexpected object or solution while searching for something else.
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