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noun Ecology.
the process by which oxygen released into the atmosphere by photosynthetic organisms is taken up by aerobic organisms while the carbon dioxide released as a by-product of repiration is taken up for photosynthesis.
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Origin of oxygen cycle

First recorded in 1930–35
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