nitrogen cycle

noun

Definition of nitrogen cycle

: a continuous series of natural processes by which nitrogen passes successively from air to soil to organisms and back to air or soil involving principally nitrogen fixation, nitrification, decay, and denitrification

Examples of nitrogen cycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among that sediment was cyanobacteria, microorganisms capable of photosynthesis and an important player in the nitrogen cycle. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The asteroid that wiped out most life on Earth was a hotbed for bacteria. They were the first organisms to bounce back," 4 Feb. 2020 Doolittle illustrates the idea using the nitrogen cycle. Quanta Magazine, "Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nitrogen cycle

1906, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Nitrogen cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrogen%20cycle. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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nitrogen cycle

noun

Kids Definition of nitrogen cycle

: a continuous series of natural processes by which nitrogen passes from air to soil to living things and back into the air

nitrogen cycle

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Medical Definition of nitrogen cycle

: a continuous series of natural processes by which nitrogen passes through successive stations in air, soil, and organisms and which principally involves nitrogen fixation, nitrification, decay, and denitrification

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