[ bahy-oh-jee-oh-kem-uh-stree ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˌdʒi oʊˈkɛm ə stri /


the science dealing with the relationship between the geochemistry of a given region and its flora and fauna, including the circulation of such elements as carbon and nitrogen between the environment and the cells of living organisms.

Origin of biogeochemistry

First recorded in 1935–40; bio- + geochemistry

Related forms

bi·o·ge·o·chem·i·cal [bahy-oh-jee-oh-kem-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdʒi oʊˈkɛm ɪ kəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for biogeochemistry


[ bī′ō-jē′ō-kĕmĭ-strē ]

The scientific study of the relationship between the geochemistry of a region and the animal and plant life in that region.
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