chemosynthesis

noun
che·​mo·​syn·​the·​sis | \ ˌkē-mō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce chemosynthesis (audio) \

Definition of chemosynthesis

: synthesis of organic compounds (as in living cells) by energy derived from inorganic chemical reactions

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Other Words from chemosynthesis

chemosynthetic \ ˌkē-​mō-​sin-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce chemosynthetic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chemosynthesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers realized that there are microbes that, instead of using light to grow, use chemicals from the rocks at hydrothermal vents in a process called chemosynthesis. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 These chimney-like structures allow tube worms, clams, mussels, and other organisms to survive not via photosynthesis but chemosynthesis, in which microbes convert chemicals released by the vents into energy. Paul Chesley, National Geographic, "Our oceans are under attack by climate change, overfishing," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of chemosynthesis

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemosynthesis

New Latin

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“Chemosynthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemosynthesis. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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chemosynthesis

noun
che·​mo·​syn·​the·​sis | \ -ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce chemosynthesis (audio) \
plural chemosyntheses

Medical Definition of chemosynthesis

: synthesis of organic compounds (as in living cells) by energy derived from inorganic chemical reactions

Other Words from chemosynthesis

chemosynthetic \ -​sin-​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce chemosynthetic (audio) \ adjective

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