biosynthesis

noun

bio·​syn·​the·​sis ˌbī-ō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio)
: the production of a chemical compound by a living organism
biosynthetic adjective
biosynthetically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hip & Joint Support is formulated to maintain your pup's biosynthesis on a cellular level. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2022 Convergent evolution in biosynthesis of cyanogenic defence compounds in plants and insects. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2011 Consider that everything, from bud to leaves to flower and fruits, are all produced by the plant through biosynthesis. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2022 These can include investment in specialized extraction and propagation techniques that result in pure and consistent cannabinoids, such as biosynthesis. Yaw Okyere Thompson, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2021 Biochemist Libin Xu of the University of Washington has done test-tube studies with human cells that show QACs can disrupt the biosynthesis of cholesterol, which is essential to embryonic and fetal development. Matthew Phelan, Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2021 In addition to the E3902 line, which contains edits to three genes involved in oil biosynthesis, Yield10 Bioscience has licensed a series of gene traits from the University of Missouri that show promise to increase oil content in oilseed crops. Lana Bandoim, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Acetate molecules are key to building many of the components of life through biosynthesis. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2020 Previous studies have partially constructed cannabinoids from yeast, but this study is the first to achieve a complete biosynthesis of the major compounds of Cannabis sativa. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, 1 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biosynthesis was in 1904

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“Biosynthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biosynthesis. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

biosynthesis

noun
bio·​syn·​the·​sis ˌbī-ō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio)
: the production of a chemical compound by a living thing

Medical Definition

biosynthesis

noun
bio·​syn·​the·​sis -ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio)
plural biosyntheses -ˌsēz How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio)
: production of a chemical compound by a living organism
biosynthetic adjective
biosynthetically adverb

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