Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

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Document And Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Millions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Feb. 28, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Document Information [Line Items]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name Synthetic Biologics, Inc.    
Entity Central Index Key 0000894158    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 141
Trading Symbol SYN    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   117,541,978