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nitrogen cycle

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noun
  1. the continuous sequence of events by which atmospheric nitrogen and nitrogenous compounds in the soil are converted, as by nitrification and nitrogen fixation, into substances that can be utilized by green plants, the substances returning to the air and soil as a result of the decay of the plants and denitrification.
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Origin of nitrogen cycle

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrogen cycle

nitrogen cycle

noun
  1. the natural circulation of nitrogen by living organisms. Nitrates in the soil, derived from dead organic matter by bacterial action, are absorbed and synthesized into complex organic compounds by plants and reduced to nitrates again when the plants and the animals feeding on them die and decaySee nitrification, nitrogen fixation
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nitrogen cycle in Medicine

nitrogen cycle

n.
  1. The circulation of nitrogen in nature, consisting of a cycle of chemical reactions in which atmospheric nitrogen is compounded, dissolved in rain, and deposited in the soil, where it is assimilated and metabolized by bacteria and plants, eventually returning to the atmosphere by bacterial decomposition of organic matter.
  2. carbon-nitrogen cycle

nitrogen cycle in Science

nitrogen cycle