chemosynthesis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chemosynthesis synthesis of carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water; limited to certain bacteria and fungi
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chemosynthesis (Plant Physiol) Synthesis of organic compounds by energy derived from chemical changes or reactions. Chemosynthesis of carbohydrates occurs in the nitrite bacteria through the oxidation of ammonia to nitrous acid, and in the nitrate bacteria through the conversion of nitrous into nitric acid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chemosynthesis The formation of carbohydrates out of inorganic compounds by an organism in darkness or in the absence of sunlight: contrasted with *photosynthesis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chem,ical + synthesis,