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noun Biochemistry.
  1. the formation of chemical compounds by a living organism.
  2. the laboratory preparation of biological molecules by the use of reagents or catalysts derived from natural substances and modeled on a series of reactions occurring in a living organism.
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Origin of biosynthesis

First recorded in 1925–30; bio- + synthesis
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British Dictionary definitions for biosynthesis


  1. the formation of complex compounds from simple substances by living organisms
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Derived Formsbiosynthetic (ˌbaɪəʊsɪnˈθɛtɪk), adjectivebiosynthetically, adverb
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biosynthesis in Medicine


  1. Formation of a chemical compound by a living organism.biogenesis
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Related formsbi′o•syn•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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