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nitrogen-fixing

[nahy-truh-juh n-fik-sing]
adjective
  1. involved in or aiding the process of nitrogen fixation.
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Origin of nitrogen-fixing

First recorded in 1895–1900
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nitrogen fixing in Culture

nitrogen fixing

The conversion of atmospheric nitrogen (which plants cannot absorb) into forms of nitrogen that plants can absorb. Bacteria in the topsoil carry out the conversion.

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