carbon fixation


noun

the process by which plants assimilate carbon from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form metabolically active compounds

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Scientific definitions for carbon fixation

carbon fixation

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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