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photosynthesis

pho·to·syn·the·sis

photosynthesis

 
pronunciation:
fo to sIn th sihs
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part of speech: noun
definition: the process in plants by which sunlight, with the help of chlorophyll, is converted to chemical energy that is used to synthesize inorganic compounds into organic ones, esp. sugars.
derivations: photosynthetic (adj.), photosynthetically (adv.)
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syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-