• (British) IPA: /ˌfəʊ.təʊ.ˈsɪn.θə.sɪs/, [ˌfəʊ.tʰəʊ.ˈsɪn̪.θə.sɪs]
  • (America) IPA: /ˌfoʊ.toʊ.ˈsɪn.θə.sɪs/, [ˌfŏʊ.ɾoʊ.ˈsɪn̪.θə.sɪs]

photosynthesis (uncountable)

  1. (biology) Any process by which plants and other photoautotrophs convert light energy into chemical energy,
    1. principally, oxygenic photosynthesis, any process by which plants and algae convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and waste oxygen using solar energy.
    2. also, non-oxygenic photosynthesis, used by purple and green bacteria, heliobacteria, and acidobacteria.
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