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photosynthesis

noun pho·to·syn·the·sis \-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs\

biology : the process by which a green plant turns water and carbon dioxide into food when the plant is exposed to light

Full Definition of PHOTOSYNTHESIS

:  synthesis of chemical compounds with the aid of radiant energy and especially light; especially :  formation of carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and a source of hydrogen (as water) in the chlorophyll-containing cells (as of green plants) exposed to light
pho·to·syn·the·size \-ˌsīz\ intransitive verb
pho·to·syn·thet·ic \-sin-ˈthe-tik\ adjective
pho·to·syn·thet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of PHOTOSYNTHESIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1898

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

photosynthesis

noun pho·to·syn·the·sis \ˌfōt-ō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pho·to·syn·the·ses

Medical Definition of PHOTOSYNTHESIS

:  synthesis of chemical compounds with the aid of light sometimes including the near infrared or near ultraviolet; especially :  the formation of carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and a source of hydrogen (as water) in chlorophyll-containing cells (as of green plants) exposed to light involving a photochemical release of oxygen through the decomposition of water followed by various enzymatic synthetic reactions that usually do not require the presence of light
pho·to·syn·the·size \-ˌsīz\ also British pho·to·syn·the·sise intransitive verb, pho·to·syn·the·sized also British pho·to·syn·the·sised pho·to·syn·the·siz·ing also British pho·to·syn·the·sis·ing
pho·to·syn·thet·ic \-sin-ˈthet-ik\ adjective
pho·to·syn·thet·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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