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photosynthesis

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

Medical Definition of photosynthesis

plural pho·to·syn·the·ses

  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

  2. pho·to·syn·the·size \-ˌsīz\play 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\play adjective
    pho·to·syn·thet·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb





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