biosynthesis

noun
bio·​syn·​the·​sis | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \

Definition of biosynthesis

: the production of a chemical compound by a living organism

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Other Words from biosynthesis

biosynthetic \ ˌbī-​ō-​sin-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \ adjective
biosynthetically \ ˌbī-​ō-​sin-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biosynthesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Equally as important is their contribution to the biosynthesis of the chemicals that make up flavor and aroma. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, 23 Jan. 2018 As Mike McRae points out for Science Alert, a 1968 paper investigating psilocybin’s biosynthesis theorized that the process began with a molecule of tryptophan, an essential amino acid. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 18 Aug. 2017 As Mike McRae points out for Science Alert, a 1968 paper investigating psilocybin’s biosynthesis theorized that the process began with a molecule of tryptophan, an essential amino acid. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 19 Aug. 2017 The genome sequence includes genes associated with biosynthesis. Chungui Lu, CNN, 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of biosynthesis

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biosynthesis

New Latin

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The first known use of biosynthesis was in 1904

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21 Sep 2021

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“Biosynthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biosynthesis. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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biosynthesis

noun
bio·​syn·​the·​sis | \ -ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \
plural biosyntheses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of biosynthesis

: production of a chemical compound by a living organism

Other Words from biosynthesis

biosynthetic \ -​sin-​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \ adjective
biosynthetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biosynthesis (audio) \ adverb

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