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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 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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