Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

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Document And Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Oct. 28, 2016
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Entity Registrant Name Synthetic Biologics, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0000894158  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Trading Symbol SYN  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   92,172,714