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photosynthesis

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

Simple Definition of photosynthesis

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of photosynthesis

  1. :  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

photosynthesize

play \-ˌsīz\ intransitive verb

photosynthetic

play \-sin-ˈthe-tik\ adjective

photosynthetically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of photosynthesis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1898


PHOTOSYNTHESIS Defined for Kids

photosynthesis

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noun pho·to·syn·the·sis \ˌfō-tə-ˈsin-thə-səs\

Definition of photosynthesis for Students

  1. :  the process by which green plants and a few other organisms (as some protists) form carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water in the presence of light

photosynthetic

\-sin-ˈthe-tik\ adjective <photosynthetic activity>



Medical Dictionary

photosynthesis

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

Medical Definition of photosynthesis

plural

photosyntheses

  1. :  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

photosynthesize

\-ˌsīz\play also British

photosynthesise

intransitive verb

photosynthesized

also British

photosynthesised

;

photosynthesizing

also British

photosynthesising

photosynthetic

\-sin-ˈthet-ik\play adjective

photosynthetically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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