ox·​y·​gen·​ic ˌäk-si-ˈje-nik How to pronounce oxygenic (audio)
: of or relating to oxygen
: generating or producing oxygen
oxygenic photosynthesis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Life that could adapt to oxygen or come up with oxygenic photosynthesis continued to thrive and evolve. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022 That’s the crucial limit in which the rate of plant respiration exceeds that of oxygenic photosynthesis. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Thus, geologists have been able to determine that these Jack Hills zircons were subject to oxygenic chemistry, suggesting that liquid water was already present on earth in abundance some 4.38 billion years ago, writes Knoll. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oxygenic was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Oxygenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygenic. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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