bioconversion

[bahy-oh-kuh n-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n]
noun
  1. the conversion of biomass to usable energy, as by burning solid fuel for heat, by fermenting plant matter to produce liquid fuel, as ethanol, or by the bacterial decomposition of organic waste to produce methane.

Origin of bioconversion

First recorded in 1955–60; bio- + conversion
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British Dictionary definitions for bioconversion

bioconversion

noun
  1. the use of biological processes or materials to change organic substances into a new form, such as the conversion of waste into methane by fermentation
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bioconversion in Science

bioconversion

[bī′ō-kən-vûrzhən]
  1. The conversion of organic materials, such as plant or animal waste, into usable products or energy sources by biological processes or agents, such as certain microorganisms.
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