biosynthesis

noun
bio·​syn·​the·​sis | \ˌbī-ō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs \

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 \ adjective
biosynthetically \ˌbī-​ō-​sin-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Equally as important is their contribution to the biosynthesis of the chemicals that make up flavor and aroma. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Winemakers Turn to MIT to Save Pinot Noir in Warming Temperatures," 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, "Scientists Unlock Magic Mushrooms’ Mysterious Chemical Compound," 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, "Scientists Unlock Magic Mushrooms’ Mysterious Chemical Compound," 19 Aug. 2017 The genome sequence includes genes associated with biosynthesis. Chungui Lu, CNN, "Climate change threatens tea -- but its DNA could save it," 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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biosynthesis

noun
bio·​syn·​the·​sis | \-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs \
plural biosyntheses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of biosynthesis 

: production of a chemical compound by a living organism

Other Words from biosynthesis

biosynthetic \-​sin-​ˈthet-​ik \ adjective
biosynthetically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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