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abiogenesis the production of living organisms from nonliving matter; spontaneous generation.
Academy Award an award given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievement in motion picture production and performance, also called an Oscar.
active immunity an organism's immunity to a disease because of its production of antibodies.
agronomy the study and application of scientific methods of soil management and field crop production; scientific agriculture.
ammonification infusion with ammonia or an ammonium compound, as in the production of fertilizer. [1/2 definitions]
ammonium hydroxide a colorless basic solution produced by dissolving ammonia in water, used as a household cleaner and in the production of textiles, plastic, and the like. (See ammonia.)
antigen any of various substances that, when introduced into a living body, causes the production of antibodies.
antihistamine any of various drugs used to treat allergies and colds by inhibiting the effects of histamine production in the body.
aplastic anemia a type of anemia caused by inadequate production of leukocytes, platelets, and the like by the bone marrow.
articulation a movement of speech organs in the production of a sound, or a group of these movements. [1/5 definitions]
ascorbic acid an organic acid found in many foods, esp. citrus fruits, and required in human nutrition for the production of collagen; vitamin C.
borax a white substance found in naturally occurring borates and used as a cleansing or flushing agent, in the production of ceramics, and in tanning.
capitalism an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and prices are chiefly determined by open competition in a free market.
capitalist one who supports an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned, and prices are chiefly determined by open competition in a free market. [1/3 definitions]
cartel an international group of independent businesses formed to control production and prices and to restrict competition in certain business enterprises. [1/2 definitions]
chemiluminescence the production of light in certain chemical reactions at low temperatures.
chlorophyll the green pigment in the leaves and stems of plants that is necessary for the production of plant food by photosynthesis.
chlorosis an abnormal yellowing or color loss in green plant tissue because of insufficient light or nutrition, genetic disorder, or disease that results in deficient chlorophyll production. [1/2 definitions]
Circadian rhythm the approximately 24-hour cycle apparent in plants and animals that regulates hormone production, cell regeneration, sleeping and feeding patterns, and the like. [1/2 definitions]
class struggle in Marxist theory, the constant contention for economic and political power that goes on between the owners of the means of production, or capitalists, and the workers.
clean room an enclosed space kept as free as possible of any contaminants such as dust or germs, as for the production of highly sensitive precision parts.