- the process by which plants assimilate carbon from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form metabolically active compounds
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- The process in plants and algae by which atmospheric carbon dioxide is converted into organic carbon compounds, such as carbohydrates, usually by photosynthesis. See more at carbon cycle.
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